Biography

Birth date: 08 October 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Paddington
Death date: 05 September 1948
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
V64336 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 18 Battalion
  • 25th NSW Scottish Rifles Infantry
  • 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Honorary Captain

  • Unit: 25th NSW Scottish Rifles Infantry
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

055938

ADELAIDE RIVER, NT. 1943-08-03. HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD GOWRIE VC, PC, GCMG, CB, DSO, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF ADVANCED HEADQUARTERS, NORTHERN TERRITORY FORCE, INSPECTING A FARM OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN FARM COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS. LEFT TO RIGHT:-...

055938

055940

ADELAIDE RIVER, NT. 1943-08-03. HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD GOWRIE VC PC GCMG CB DSO, ACCOMPANIED BY OFFICERS OF THE ADVANCED HEADQUARTERS, NORTHERN TERRITORY FORCE, INSPECTING A FARM OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN FARM COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS. HERE THE...

055940

E04389

An outdoor group portrait of officers of the 17th Battalion in the snow. Identified is Lieutenant Colonel R M Sadler MC, centre, front row and probably Captain Edward Thomas Harnett MC, second from left, front row. All other officers are unidentified. A captain (Capt) in the front row (second...

E04389

H15065

Outdoor group portrait of officers of the Rabaul Garrison of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. All except two went on to serve overseas with the AIF. Identified from left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) Harold Woodford Johnson (later promoted Major and awarded Military...

H15065

P03078.005

Rabaul, New Britain. Members of the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) standing in front of a house used as a signal station. The men have signallers flags, a telescope and a signallers lamp. Lieutenant Colonel R. M. Sadler is astride the white horse in the centre.

P03078.005

A03234

Group portrait in the Officers' Mess of Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF). Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) A Anderson; Captain (Capt) E W Kirke; unidentified; Lt G Manning; Lt Keith Heritage; Lt R Norman; Lt J. Westgarth; Lieutenant Commander Livesay; Lt I...

A03234

E02598

Group portrait of the Officers of the 17th Battalion. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Robert Cory Worthington; Lt William Leonard Flood MC; Lt Frederick William Tindale Croix de Guerre; Lt Eric Duncan Miller; Lt Frederick Henry Evan Harries; and Lt William Albert Robertson. Middle row: Lt...

E02598

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1893-10-08 Paddington NSW
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1909-08-23
Date commissioned 1913-11-16
Pre WW1 Service 1 1913-11-16 2lieutenant 35th Infantry
WW1 Service 1 1914-08-18 2lieutenant (SigO) AN&MEF
WW1 Service 2 1914-08-19 lieutenant
WW1 Service 4 1915-03-04 discharge
WW1 Service 5 1915-05-07 enlisted lieutenant 18th battalion
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
WW1 Service 6 1915-07-24 arrived Suez
WW1 Service 8 1916-01-09 arrived Egypt
WW1 Service 9 1916-03-25 arrived France
WW1 Service 10 1916-05-27 captain
WW1 Service 11 1916-08-04 wounded in action gun shot wound face
WW1 Service 12 1916-08-14 MEDevacuated United Kingdom gun shot wound face and shell shock
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-16
WW1 Service 13 1916-10-07 Military Cross
WW1 Service 14 1916-11-23 arrived France
WW1 Service 15 1916-12-04 temporary major
WW1 Service 16 1916-12-04 returned to unit
WW1 Service 17 1917-01-14 major
WW1 Service 18 1917-04-08 - 1917-06-16 course senior officers School (Alder
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-04
WW1 Service 19 1918-03-08 temporary commanding officer 20th battalion 2
WW1 Service 20 1918-04-01 lieutenant colonel CO17th battalion
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-07
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-24
WW1 Service 21 1918-10-03 wounded in action gas
WW1 Service 22 1918-12-01 arrived France
WW1 Service 23 1918-12-31 Mention in Despatches
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-02-06
WW1 Service 24 1919-07-02 Returned to Australia
WW1 Service 25 1919-09-07 demobilised
Interwar Service 3 1920-10-01 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 1 1941-08-06 - 1941-09-17 course Command and Staff School (Duntroon) #26 Commanding Officers &
Career summary 2 1941-09-17 lieutenant colonel commanding officer 7th battalion from Reserve of Officers
Appointment 1941-09-17 - 1942-05-01 Battalion: 7th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: Reserve of Officers ; Reason for end of appointment: age base appointment
Career summary 3 1942-03-25 colonel (local)
Career summary 4 1942-03-25 - 1942-04-01 attached 23rd Brigade as Administering com
Career summary 5 1942-05-01 commanding officer 14th Lines of Communication Sub Area,Northern Territory Force
Career summary 6 1944-09-06 temporary colonel
Career summary 7 1944-11-13 commanding officer 11th Lines of Communication Sub Area
Career summary 8 1945-11-12 relinquished command 11th...
Career summary 9 1945-11-29 honourary colonel Reserve of Officers
Date of death 1948-09-05
WW1 Service 7 c 1915-08-20 arrived Gallipoli
Career summary 10 *** NO ACTIVE SERVICE ***
Citations 2 'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He did fine work in the trenches at a very trying time, and, during and attackk on the enemy trenches, displayed great courage and fine leadership. Though wounded during the assault, he stuck to his post till the enemy trenches were taken.'
Citations 3 DSO (14
Citations 4 'For general good work and devotion to duty. While the Brigade was in the HNAGARD Area in April 1918, the fighting was extremely severe, and the strain on all commanders especially Battalion Commanders was very heavy, the splendid work carried out by this officer was most marked. The manner in which he handled his command and the success with which he carried out all his instructions were instrumental in holding up the enemy advance.
Citations 5 Again during the operations from 8th to 11th August 1918, East of AMIENS, his work was of a very high order. This standard was maintained right up to his evacuation (wounded) during the attack on the BEAUREVOIR LINE.
Citations 6 The manner in which he laid his plans and his frequent visits to the most forward positions were responsible for the complete success of the operations in which his unit was engaged.
Citations 7 The good feeling and fighting spirit that exists among the members of the Battalion are due to his untiring zeal on their behalf.'
Interwar Service 1 lieutenant 25th Infantry 1 Jul 15 (in absentia)
Interwar Service 2 2/4th Infantry 1 Oct 18 (in absentia)
Interwar Service 4 No indications in Army Lists of interwar service.
WW1 Service 26 Dstaff officer
WW1 Service 3 arrived Rabaul