WORLD WAR 1
Extracts from 1st Division Train War Dairies: The unit was formed on the 17th August 1914 as 3 Company (Coy) AASC, the third of four such companies, which made up the 1st Divisional Train Australian Army Service Corps. 3 Coy strength on embarkation, 4 Officers and 249 Other Ranks, with most members being recruited from southern N.S.W. and Victoria. 3 Coy departed Australia from Melbourne on 19 Oct 1914 on the transport Benalla.
3 Coy arrived at Mena Camp (Egypt) on 14 Dec 1914, under command of Capt (Hon Maj) J. G. TEDDER. At Egypt 3 Coy conducted supply operations to the 1st Division. On 5‑7 April 1915 3 Coy boarded HMTS MASHOBRA and sailed for LEMNOS arriving on 9 April 1915. 3 Coy landed at KABA TEPE (ANZAC) on 1 May 1915. 3 Coy's main role on Anzac was the resupply of the Division. There is no recorded date of departure of 3 Coy from Anzac but from diaries it appears that the unit departed on or about 18 Dec 1915.
During February 1916 the reorganization of the Australian Imperial Force was conducted to conform to the Imperial Establishments, at this time there was four brigades and Tpt Coys attached to each Division. The whole Army was reorganized to reflect the British model of three brigades to each Division. The Coy was divided to facilitate the formation of the 4th and 5th Divisions, with the unit being refitted with reinforcements from Australia.
GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. 1915-06. GROUP Photograph TAKEN AT HEADQUARTERS GULLY OF SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN DIVISIONAL TRAIN. Ref: AWM H15538
Extracts from 3 Coy AASC 1st Division Train War Dairies: 3 Coy departed Alexandria on 26 March 1916 for France and arrived at Marseilles on April 1916. Departed Marseilles on the 3 April 1916 by train for Abbeyville (Amiens) and arrived on 4 April 1916. 3 Transport Company Research notes from War Diaries
§ Sep 1916 Hopoutré area, 3 Tpt Coy on road between Hopoutré to Hoograaf railhead (Reningheist siding) 1.5 miles south east of Poperinge supporting the Battle of Ypres.
§ May 1917 - 3 Tpt Coy deployed in Bresle (on road between Amiens and Albert) supporting Dernancourt battle area. Also at Ville Sur Ancre. Supporting 2 Brigade units in this area.
§ Jul 1917 - 3 Tpt Coy redeployed to Bray with 2nd INF Bde, working from the railhead at Albert. Moved to entraining area and then redeployed to Aveluy.
§ Nov 1917 - Samer district (France) fro R&R, with 3 Tpt Coy located at Longfosse, the railhead for Samer. War diary states " Enemy attention to horse and wagons after a trying time on the front. Health of men good and discipline excellent."
§ Jul 1918 - 2nd Aus INF Bn with 3 AASC moved out of the line to Wardrecques Station for rest. "Camp is ideal, good horse lines, excellent water for horses, recreation ground for cricket and football. Weather hot and muggy".
§ Jul 1918 - Total Establishment: Wagons GS x 23, Limbers GS x 2 - Supplies drawn from Ebblinghem - 12 GS wagons daily, 9 miles from refitting point to QM stores.
§ Transport used forward for engineer and salvage work. July 3, six GS wagons were carting stores to Strazeele station some 300 yards from the line - heavy shelling and MG fire - no casualties. Inf unloading party had casualties. 4 wagons used nightly on forward work 1-13 July 1918.
§ 14 July. 2 INF Bde move to Racqinhem for 16 days rest.
§ 29 Jul. Moved back to line, "Water scarce".
The unit was disbanded in March 1919 in Belgium.