Biography

Birth date: 10 January 1881
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 5th Light Horse Regiment Seconded 13th Australian Infanry Brigade
  • Administrative and Instructional Staff
  • 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 21 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Brevet Major

  • Unit: Administrative and Instructional Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment Seconded 13th Australian Infanry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

C00429

Trooper (Tpr) William Edward Sing DCM of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment (left), seated at his sniping position, which was built on top of the parapet of the front line trench, and 150 yards from the Turkish trenches. Captain John Cecil Ridley is on the right. Tpr Sing succeeded in...

C00429

E03669

Group portrait of officers of the 45th Battalion. From left to right, back row: Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Fairley Alexander Paterson; Lieutenant (Lt) William Robert Watson; Lt William Albert McKay; Lt Arthur Maeford Mills; Lt Robert Boynton Kerr; Lt Harry Parsons Hopgood DCM; Lt Reynolds John...

E03669

H17237

Outdoor group portrait of the Band of the 51st Battalion. This image was published in the newspaper "The Western Mail" on 17 December 1917 and identification of the soldiers in the image has been taken from that publication cross-referenced with the nominal roll in "For King and Cobbers - the...

H17237

E00641

Group portrait of, left to right: Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) A Paul, 29th Battalion; Lt Col A G Salisbury DSO; Lt Col John Cecil Ridley DSO, and Lt Col Harold Pope CB, Battalion Commanders of the 13th Brigade near Ribecourt. Note the men and horses at right and in the background.

E00641

Timeline

Date of birth 1881-01-10
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1914-10-17 Appointed lieutenant and Adjutant in the 5th Light Horse Regiment.
Date promoted 1914-10-20 Appointed captain.
Date of embarkation 1914-12-21
Other units 1916-01-12 Acting Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General 1st Australian Divisional Headquarters.
Other units 1916-02-15 Brigade Major 13th Australian Infantry Brigade.
Date promoted 1916-03-26 Appointed major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-12-08
Date of honour or award 1917-01-01 Distinguished Service Order.
Date promoted 1917-02-06 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1917-02-06 Commanding Officer 51st Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1917-07-25 Mention in Despatches.
Other units 1917-10-29 Instructor, Senior Officers School, Aldershot.
Other units 1918-06-27 Acting Assistant Adjutant-General Administrative Headquarters AIF.
Other units 1918-08-20 Attached to Headquarters, Fifth Army, France.
Other units 1918-09-18 Commanding Officer 45th Battalion.
Other units 1918-11-19 Attached to 1 G Training General Headquarters, France.
Other units 1918-12-20 Director Branch 3D Research and Development Department, AIF.
Other 1920-08-20 AIF appointment terminated.