Fokker fodder and castor oil: life above the trenches


Bernard, 26 March 2013 · # ·

Another good crowd filled the Mosman Room for this month’s talk, delivered by Gareth Morgan, President of the Australian Society of WWI Aero Historians.

Gareth took us through the development and use of aviation 1914-1919 with a sequence of illustrative photographs and paintings. The talk was recorded and you can watch it here (scroll down) or on YouTube.

Gareth also outlined the work of the Society, which has been active for 50 years. Andrew Smith, ww1aero.org.au web master, demonstrated the resources available to members.

These include:

  • web access to all the Society’s journals and articles;
  • the Australian Airmen Database, with information on nearly 6,000 Australian men;
  • an archive of Combats in the Air reports, completed by pilots on their return noting date, time and place of action along with a narrative outlining what happened;
  • 23 photographic collections; and
  • an audio library, featuring interviews conducted in the 1960s with veteran airmen.

Gareth kindly shared the results of a search for Mosman men in the Society database and these are listed below. Suggested avenues for research have been added to the Resources page.

Gareth also shared information on Mosman’s ace, Capt G F Malley, and another renowned pilot, Capt P G Taylor, whose lucky black cat and flying jacket and scarf are on display at the AWM. Contact us if you would like to write a piece on either man.

Mosman airmen – a first search


Captain G F Malley of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corp (AFC) at No 5 (Training) Squadron, AFC standing next to an all white Sopwith Camel F.1 aircraft, serial no E7259. AWM A03880

The following lists are from the Society’s database of Australian airmen.

This first list is of men who have Mosman in their biographical information, i.e. they were born in, enlisted from, or died in the suburb.

ALLPORT Jack Manning 13/7/1895, North Sydney, NSW Australia
ANDERSON Keith Vincent 06/7/1898, Perth, WA Australia
BAALMAN John 27/7/1893, Sydney, NSW Australia
BANKS Edmond Clifford 13/7/1895, Paddington, Sydney, NSW Australia
BOYDEN Reginald Haslam 21/8/1896, Auburn, Vic Australia
COLE Lewis George 12/7/1893, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW Australia
COLQUHOUN Roderick Shaw 29/8/1898, Mosman, Sydney, NSW Australia
DIBBS Eric Rupert 09/3/1894, North Sydney, NSW Australia
HUNT Alfred Stanley 13/6/1894, Nevertire near Nyngan, NSW Australia
KELLNER Oscar Charles c1894, North Sydney, NSW Australia
MALLEY Garnet Francis 02/11/1893, Mosman, NSW Australia
MULLEN George Forrester 12/12/1900, Nowra, NSW Australia
PAHLOW Maxwell Timothy 23/6/1892, Nyngan, NSW Australia
PHELAN Ronald Starr 08/12/1893, Glebe, Sydney, NSW Australia
PURSELL Archibald Samuel 1895, NSW Australia
PURSELL Frank Grenville 25/11/1897, Balmain North, Sydney, NSW Australia
SUTTIE G. C. ??, ?? Australia ?
TAYLOR Patrick (“Bill”) Gordon 20/10/1896, Mosman, Sydney, NSW Australia
TUTHILL Ferguson Hendley c1886, ?? Australia ?
UPTON Selwyn Arthur 09/11/1893, ?? Australia?
URE Claude Raymond 17/2/1900, Bafmain, NSW Australia
WASHER John Andrew c1887, ?? Australia?
WILKINSON Henry Arthur 31/7/1893, Tumut, NSW Australia

This second list is of men with a mention of Mosman in their ‘Events’ section, i.e. they had some connection with Mosman during their life.

Name Last Name First Name Middle Born
ALISON Colin Archibald 1893, NSW Australia
ALLPORT Jack Manning 13/7/1895, North Sydney, NSW Australia
BARLOW Edward 24/9/1895, Sydney, NSW Australia
BOYDEN Reginald Haslam 21/8/1896, Auburn, Vic Australia
COLQUHOUN Roderick Shaw 29/8/1898, Mosman, Sydney, NSW Australia
DENNE Walter William ??, ????
DIBBS Eric Rupert 09/3/1894, North Sydney, NSW Australia
FRASER John Barclay ??, ?? Australia ?
GARLING Septimus William 21/12/1883, Walgett, NSW Australia
MALLEY Gamet Francis 02/11/1893, Mosman, NSW Australia
McMILLAN Charles c1898, NSW? Australia?
NEENAN John Francis c1874, NSW? Australia
POTTS Leonard Malcolm 11/3/1895, Karori, Wellington.New Zealand
PURSELL Frank Grenville 25/11/1897, Balmain North, Sydney, NSW
SCARR John Herbert 12/2/1894, Sydney, NSW Australia
SIMPKINS Frederick George 1891, Henley-on-Thames England
TRENCH Charles Frederick 05/7/1895, Orange, NSW Australia

Video: Gareth Morgan at Mosman Library


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