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THE HISTORY OF

      THE 3RD TRANSPORT (SQUADRON) COMPANY

AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN CORPS OF TRANSPORT

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.


 










GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. 1915-06. GROUP Photograph TAKEN AT HEADQUARTERS GULLY OF SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN DIVISIONAL TRAIN. Ref: AWM H15538

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 Coy’s 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.

 

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.

 

 

BETWEEN THE WARS

There is no record of the unit between the wars.

 

WORLD WAR 2

 The 6th Division Service Corps contained the following companies Supply, Petrol and Ammunition. The 6th Division was withdrawn to Syria after service in North Africa, Greece and Crete. Just prior to the 6 Div returning to Australia the Service Corp was reorganised and this was implemented on 13 January 1942. The reorganisation was as follows;

a. 6 Aust Div Sup Coy
b. 6 Aust Div Pet Coy
c. 6 Aust Div Amn Coy

The 6 Aust Div Amn Coy was formally changed to 3 Company Australian Army Service Corp 6th Division ( 3 Coy AASC 6 Aust Div). Its main role was Divisional Transport and worked closely with 19 Brigade within the Division particularly 2/4 Infantry Battalion during the whole war.

3 Coy departed Hill 69 (near Suez) on 13 Feb 42 for Port Sudan. They then departed Port Sudan on 16 Feb 42 for Australia aboard the M.V. ARONDA. 29 March 42 arrived at Adelaide and billeted at Bridgewater (HQ Bridgewater Hotel). 30 April 42 3 Coy vehicles cleared of the " ST ESSYLT " from the Middle East.
3 Coy then redeployed north via the following locations;

a. 17 May 42 Terowie
b. 21 May 42 Alice Springs
c. 22 May 42 Larrimah/Barrow Creek
d. 25 May 42 Adelaide River
e. 13 Aug 42 Peg 61 mile mark

NORTHERN TERRITORY. 1942-11-02. GENERAL SCENE AT THE   HEADQUARTERS OF 2/3RD COMPANY AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS AT THE 61 MILE PEG THE NORTH SOUTH ROAD WHERE RATIONS FOR THE VARIOUS UNITS IN THE AREA ARE BEING SORTED OUT FOR ISSUE. NX1968 DRIVER C.H. KONG (1); QX21160 DRIVER W.T. HOWARD (2); SX700 DRIVER D.D. JAMES (3); VX2277 DRIVER A.R. WILLIAMS (4); VX29254 DRIVER J.W. HEXTER (5); QX20899 DRIVER S.G. CAVANAGH (6); NX6336 CORPORAL H.S. KEARNEY (7).


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Copywrite Australian War Memorial

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY. 1942-11-02. MEMBERS OF 2/3RD COMPANY,  AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS

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Copywrite Australian War Memorial

WEIGHING OUT SUGAR AND TEA RATIONS FOR THE VARIOUS UNITS IN THE AREA,
AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS AT THE 61 MILE PEG ON THE NORTH SOUTH ROAD.
LEFT TO RIGHT:- DRIVER D.D. JAMES AND DRIVER T.C. SHERIDAN.

 

 

1 Jun 42 designation changed to 3 Coy AASC Northern Territory Force OC Capt K.W. Haigh. Examples of tasking, supporting 2/4 Bn, 2/8 Bn, 23/21 Bn with troop lifts and resupply. The unit was renamed 2/3 Australia Company AASC Northern Territory Force on 1 Aug 42. 1 Jun 43 2/3 Aust. Coy boarded HMAT DUNTROON at Darwin for Brisbane. Arriving Brisbane 8 Jun 43 Coy was sited at L&T Exhibition Grounds. All Coy members granted 21 days leave from 8 Jun 43. Advance party established camp GR 326076 Herberton 1':1 mile. 13 Aug 43 move to GR 400178 under command 2 Aust Corps Tpt Column, OC Maj Hutton 20 Dec 43.

 

On 19 Jun 44 2/3 Aust. Coy AASC was disbanded and reformed to HQ 2/3 Australian General Transport Company under command of Maj T.K. Shadworth. ( 2/3 Aust GT Coy) All members and equipment transferred to new Coy.


1 Aug 44 redeployed to Wondecla GR 327075 Herberton 1":1 mile. 15 Oct 44 Advance Party on the USAT Nancy Hanks to New Guinea. 28 Oct 44 main body to Redlynch (near Cairns), 3 Nov 44 embarked HMAT Duntroon, 8 Nov 44 arrive Aitape. The Coy deployed to the following locations;

a. AITAPE EAST 8 Nov 44, Map Ref GR 956507

Tasking : Resupply of combat supplies to;
DID Drinkwater DID Svain
DID Yakimul DID Lazy Ck.
DID Babiang
DID Danmap River.

b. DOVE BAY April 45, Tasked to support 2/6 Aust
Cav Commando landing
c. BUT 1 May 45, Map reference BUT l":l mile 889255
d. WOM Peninsula 22 May 45, Map reference
Wom Peninsula 1":1 mile 277119; and
e. Wewak East 1 August 45, Map reference
1":1 mile 278120

The 2/3 General Transport Company was disbanded at Wewak East on the 27 October 45, with the " Thirty Niners" being demobbed first. Members were given the option to nominate for the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces Japan.

POST WORLD WAR 2

In June 1948 the company was reformed as 3 Company RAASC Infantry Division Transport and in the following nine years of service was moved to various depots such as Leightonfield and Haberfield before being disbanded again in early 1960.

Following the reorganisation of the Army into the Pentropic Division, 19 Company RAASC, located at Ashfield Training Depot was renamed 3 Company RAASC. As a result of this reorganisation 3 Company RAASC together with 2 Company RAASC, another CMF unit located in Brisbane, and one ARA unit, 1 Company RAASC located at Ingleburn formed the basis of the Divisional Transport under command of HQ 1 Division Column RAASC commanded by LTCOL B.J. McNevin.

During 1961 and 1965 whilst under command of 1 Division Transport Column, the unit together with it's sister Company's gave support to both CMF and ARA exercises held during this period.

In 1966 again because of a reorganisation of the Army,3 Company RAASC was placed under of command of 5 Task Force (TF) 2nd Division, as were all CMF units within Eastern Command (now known as the 2nd Military District).

On 1 Jun 1973, the Royal Australian Army Service Corps was reorganised and renamed the Royal Australian Corp of Transport. As part of the change 3 Company RAASC became known as 3rd Transport Company RACT. It was also in that year that the unit was relocated to the Army complex at Marrickville after the Ashfield depot was surrendered back to the State Government.

In October 1975, again because of political pressure the Marrickville Depot was returned by the Federal Government to the Marrickville Council to be used as park land. The unit was again forced to move this time to Lidcombe where it shared accommodation with 142 Signal Squadron.

In 1977 the unit moved again this time 7 Platoon stayed at Lidcombe, 6 Platoon moved to Frenchmans Rd Randwick with 177 Air Dispatch, HQ's moved to Dora St Hurstville the OC Maj FARQUAR. Around 1980 all the Company reformed at Hurstville OC Maj Taylor.

In July 1976 again due to a reorganisation within the Army the unit was integrated with the ARA and placed under command of 9 Transport Column which at the time also commanded both 18 and 26 Transport Companies (ARA).

In February 1978, the company was involved in a reorganisation program which saw the Divisional Transport Column's renamed the Divisional Transport Regiment. The company was at this time renamed, 3rd Transport Squadron.

In May 1982, The unit was moved to Davies Rd Padstow. Finally on 1 February 1984, The unit was placed under command of the 2nd Division, returning to it's primary role as a second line transport unit.

On 1 July 1996 3 Transport Squadron began its role as the Transport Company for the 5th Brigade Administrative Support Battalion (5 BASB). Initially this role was conducted at Padstow but then on 22 June 1997 the doors closed at Padstow and the Squadron moved in convoy to Hill Street Banksmeadow. (Click HERE to see the move). Within the BASB 3 Transport Squadron is generally referred to as Transport Company, although in the Pams on the formation of a BASB the transport element is designated as a Squadron.


In Dec 2000 the CO of 5 BASB, Col Michael Miller designated the birthday of 5 BASB to be 17 September in place of 1 July. 17 September being the date when 3 Transport Company and 5 Field Ambulance (Med Coy 5 BASB) first served together providing administrative support to the Second Brigade of the First Division near Amiens, France.

In January 2001 the Transport Company moved home again to Holsworthy, again sharing a home with 142 Signals as they did in the late Seventies. There they form the Transport arm of a CSST.

At the end of 2002 their final move was to their own premises near Green Hills corner at Holsworthy

The unit is now based back at Banksmedow with 5 CSSB with a troop based in the ACT.

 

 

      Officer Commanding – 3 Tpt Coy / Squadron

 

1961 – 1963

Maj Ron CAMERON

63 - 65

Maj Kevin MILLER

65 –67

Maj Frank MEEK

67 –69

Maj Robert LEEDOW

69 – 71

Maj Denis FOSTER

71 – 73

Maj Peter EDWARDS

73 –75

Maj K BURNETT

75 –77

Maj Keith CORBETT

78 – 79

Maj K. FARQUAHAR

79 - 81

Maj Kevin TAYLOR

81 - 83

Maj Peter HALL

83 - 85

Maj Max PUDDEY

85 - 87

Maj Kevin TAYLOR

87 – 89

Maj Danny TAUMOEPEAU

89- 91

Maj Mark BERKOVICH

91 – 94

Maj John GALLAGHER

95 – 96

Maj Michael MILLER

96 - 97

Maj Virginia Gray

98 – 98

Maj E.M. SEIDL

99 – 99

Maj M. MORRISON

2000 – 2002

Maj Anthony McBRIDE

03 – 04

Maj James KIRKHAM

04- 05

Maj Allison BOOTH

06 – 07

Maj James BEATON

07 – 08

Maj John BOYTER

09 - 10

Maj Sean McBAIN

11 - 12

Maj Trevor Worland

 13 - 15

  Maj Errol Christian

 

 

                             CSM / SSM

 

1961 – 1962

WO2 Kevin MALING

62 – 65

WO2 Terry MALING

65 - 67

WO2 Geoffrey JACOBS

67 – 69

WO2 Rowan McCARDELL

69 - 70

WO2 Murray TAYLOR

70 - 70

WO2 Graham MARSHALL

70 - 73

WO2 Murray TAYLOR

73 - 75

WO2 Kevin CONNELLY

75 – 77

WO2 Murray TAYLOR

77 – 78

WO2 Alan GODFREY

78 – 82

WO2 Kevin CONNELLY

82 – 83

WO2 Glen BEESLEY

83 – 88

WO2 Kevin FITZPATRICK

88 – 90

SSGT Allan McDonald

90 - 91

SGT Keith CHEETHAM

91 - 93

Sgt Anthony FINNERAN

93 - 95

WO2 Carol LEWIN

95 - 97

WO2 Anthony FINNERAN

1997 - 2000

WO2 Phil JORGENSON

00 - 05

WO2 Keith BENNETT

06

WO2 Phil JORGENSON

07

WO2 Craig SKIPPER (ARA)

  08 - 10

WO2 Cameron BLACK (ARA)

 11 - 12

  WO2 Shaun McCaffrey

 13 - 15

  Sgt Andrew Shurety

 15 -

  WO2 Damian LORD (ARA)

 

 


 





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