1015 Private Michael Joseph Nolan
9th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division
AIF Canteens Organisation
1st Australian Imperial Force 1914-1919

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The following information and chronological table are a summary of the entries from the World War One service record of Michael Joseph Nolan.

Note that some of the service record pages may be duplicated - often when the unit and Army records were amalgamated on discharge.

Service numbers were allocated by unit, and are not unique to the individual.

Prepared for Robert 'Bob' Nolan by Clive Mitchell-Taylor - 28 Jul 2018.

Michael Joseph Nolan enlisted early in 1915 and was allocated to the Light Horse, serving on Gallipoli where he was evacuated suffering enteritis and diarrhea. Returning to Gallipoli his unit was withdrawn on 20 Dec 1915 and shortly afterwards he was again hospitalised, this time with a severe hernia, from which he never fully recovered, together with intermittent bouts of malaria. Medically downgraded due to his service, he was transferred to the AIF Canteens unit and was later promoted to Corporal. He saw out the war in this role and returned to Australia in 1920.

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Enlistment Details

Service Number



Michael Joseph Nolan

Born at

Adelaide, South Australia


24 years 3 months as at 11 Jan 1915 (Birth dates not recorded, only age on enlistment)

Trade or Calling


Marital Status


Next of Kin

Father - Thomas Nolan
Lyrup, River Murray, SA

Previous Military Service


Attested at

Adelaide, SA

Date of Enlistment

11 Jan 1915


5 foot 9 inches [175 cm]


143 pounds [60.5 Kg]


31 - 34 inches [78.8 - 86.3 cm]







Religious Denomination

Roman Catholic


9th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Cavalry Brigade
AIF Canteens

Chronological Events







1 Jan 1915


Assigned to Base Light Horse for training

11 Jan 1915 - 31 Mar 1915


Assigned to 6th Reinforcement, 9th Light Horse

25 Mar 1916


Embarked Adelaide for Middle East per HMAT “AFRIC” (A19)

25 May 1915


Taken on strength 9th Light Horse

5 Aug 1915



Arrived Alexandria per HMAT “GASCON”, Enteritis

28 Aug 1915


Admitted No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis

27 Sep 1915

Enteritis, diarrhea


Discharged from No 2 Convalescent Depot (2 CD) to duty

21 Sep 1915


Admitted to Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis with severe hernia

29 Dec 1915


Next of Kin (NOK) advised that he is progressing favourable

8 Jan 1916


Base Records Office advises NOK that Private M J Nolan progressing favourably and will furnish further progress report when received

1 Feb 1916


Inflamed glands of groin, transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital

29 Feb 1916


Returned from Hospital and Taken on Strength of 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment (LHTR)

12 Apr 1916



To Volunteer Detachment Hospital 3 ALHR

18 Apr 1916

Inguinal (hernia) scars, mild


NOK advised that Private M J Nolan has been admitted to hospital

20 May 1916


Returned to duty, 3rd LHTR

25 Apr 1916


Base Records Office Melbourne advises Next of Kin that Private M.J. Nolan, 9th Light Horse Regiment has been admitted to 3rd Auxilliary Hospital on 20 Apr 1916 suffering from mild inguinal scars.

27 Apr 1916


Detached to Headquarters ATC & Details Camp 3 ALHTR

17 Jun 1916


Attached to Australian Training Depot Tel-El-Kebir

1 Jul 1916


Medical Board held at Moascar – Fever and Dysentery on Gallipoli, classified class RB2

Jun 1917


Detached to AIF Canteens
Attached to Australian Remount Depot (ARD) Moascar from AIF Canteens (for rations only)

28 Jun 1917

This is the usual practice whereby smaller units co-located with a larger unit are attached in order to be catered for rations and (often) accommodation.


Marched out to Kaulara and struck off ration strength of ARD

24 Aug 1917

ER Corporal

Promoted to Extra Regimental Corporal

1 Jul 1918

Extra-Regimental (ER) - in the unit to which the member is attached, but not the parent unit.


Admitted to 32 Stationary Hospital, Malaria

31 Jul 1918


To Hospital, sick

24 Sep 1918


Rejoined Unit

24 Nov 1918


To Hospital, sick

17 Feb 1919


Rejoined Unit

10 Mar 1919


To Hospital, sick

14 Apr 1919


Rejoined Unit

25 Apr 1919


Embarked at Alexandria for UK per “MAGDALENA”, 10% leave

14 Jul 1919


Reported to Headquarters ex Egypt, granted leave, to report to Sutton Vesey

1-8 Aug 1919


Discharged to Doctor's care

9 Aug 1919


Taken on strength of AIF Headquarters London for non-military employment in UK from AIF Canteens, Egypt

24 Sep 1919


Granted leave

24 Sep 1919 -
31 Oct 1919


Returns to AIF Canteens on expiration of leave and march out to Deputy Assistant Adjutant General. Taken on Strength Sutton Vesey.

1 Nov 1919


Offence, Sutton Vesey 28 Nov 1919
Absent Without Leave (AWL)
from 2359 hrs 28 Nov 1919 to 2100 hrs 30 Nov 1919 (2 days) Award: Admonished by Lieutenant Colonel Rankine,
total forfeiture of 2 days pay

6 Dec 1919


Embarked London for Australia on HMAT “KONIGIN LUISE”

18 Dec 1919


Disembarked Australia

2 Feb 1919


Discharged in 4th Military District (4 MD) South Australia

4 Mar 1919

Advice of despatch of Victory Medal


Mrs M Campbell, daughter of Michael Joseph Nolan requests Gallipoli Medal [sic] for her father, who believes he is entitled.

30 Oct 1967

Gallipoli (commemorative) Medallion,

Medals and Dress Embellishments

1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal, no Wound Stripes, for Long Service Stripes and four Overseas Service Chevrons. Use the hyperlinks or scroll down to see further information on the badges.

Other Accoutrements

World War One medal set

L to R - 1914-15 Star, War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal

Unit Shoulder Patch
9th Light Horse Regiment

Entitled to wear
ANZAC 'A' on Shoulder Patch

Rising Sun Badge - 1st and 2nd AIF

9th Light Horse Hat Badge

Some Government Issued Badges

Nearest Female
Relative Badge

War Widows
Guild Brooch

Silver War Badge

Discharged Returned
Soldier Badge

Government issued badge in enamel
and sterling silver issued to the wife,
mother or nearest female relative of
a serving soldier. Additional bars
were suspended below for further

Membership badge of a Kookaburra
in sterling silver, issued by the
Government to the widows of men
who lost their lives due to their
service. Numbered on the reverse.

Awarded to service personnel who
sustained a wound, or contracted
sickness of disability in the course
of the war as a result of which
they were invalided out, or to
soldiers who had retired during
the course of the war.

First issued in 1916. Slight variations are indicative of a number of makers. 267,300 were issued. Numbered on the reverse but the numbers have no link with length of service or Service Number.

[Badge information collated from Australian War Memorial, "Australians Awarded" by Clive Johnson and en.wikipedia.com]

9th Light Horse Regiment

[Information from https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au]

Following the outbreak of WW1, the 9th Light Horse Regiment was formed in Adelaide and trained in Melbourne between October 1914 and February 1915. Approximately three-quarters of the regiment hailed from South Australia and the other quarter from Victoria. As part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, it sailed from Melbourne on 11 February and arrived in Egypt on 14 March 1915.

Light Horse were considered unsuitable for the initial operations at Gallipoli, but were subsequently deployed without their horses. The 3rd Light Horse Brigade landed in late May 1915 and was attached to the New Zealand and Australian Division. The 9th was fortunate to be the reserve regiment for the Brigade’s disastrous attack on the Nek on 7 August, but the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Albet Miel and several soldiers were killed in their reserve position. The Regiment was committed to the last phase of the August offensive battles (its sister Regiments the 8th and 10th having been decimated at the Nek), The 9th Liht Horse subsequently suffered 50 per cent casualties, including its new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Carew Reynell, attacking Hill 60 on 27 August. Exhausted and under-strength, the 9th then played a defensive role until it finally left the peninsula on 20 December 1915.

Back in Egypt, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade became part of the ANZAC Mounted Division and, in March 1916, joined the forces defending the Suez Canal from a Turkish drive across the Sinai Desert. The Turks were turned at Romani. Although it didn’t take part in the actual battle, the 9th Light Horse was involved in the advance that followed the Turks’ retreat back across the desert.

By December 1916, this advance had reached the Palestine frontier and the 9th was involved in the fighting to secure the Turkish outposts of Maghdaba (23 December) and Rafa (9 January 1917), both of which were captured at bayonet point. The next Turkish stronghold to be encountered was Gaza. The 3rd Light Horse Brigade, now part of the Imperial Mounted Division (later re-named the Australian Mounted Division), was involved in the two abortive battles to capture Gaza directly (27 March and 19 April 1917) and then the operation that ultimately led to its fall - the wide outflanking move via Beersheba that began on 31 October.

With the fall of Gaza on 7 November 1917, the Turkish position in southern Palestine collapsed. The 9th participated in the pursuit that followed and led to the capture of Jerusalem in December. The focus of British operations then moved to the Jordan Valley. In early May 1918 the 9th was involved in the Es Salt raid. It was a tactical failure but did help to convince the Turks that the next offensive would be launched across the Jordan.

Instead, the offensive was launched along the coast on 19 September 1918. The mounted forces penetrated deep into the Turkish rear areas severing roads, railways and communications links. The 9th Light Horse took part in the capture of Jenin on 20-21 September and Sasa on 29 September. It entered Damascus on 1 October, and was on the road to Homs when the Turks surrendered on 31 October. While awaiting to embark for home, the 9th Light Horse were called back to operational duty to quell the Egyptian revolt that erupted in March 1919; order was restored in little over a month. The regiment sailed for home on 10 July 1919.

Battle Honours:

Anzac, Defence of Anzac, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Magdhaba-Rafah, Egypt 19115-1917, Gaza-Beersheba, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jordan (El Salt), Meggido, Sharon, Damascus, Palestine 1917-18


The brass letter 'A' to represent service related to Gallipoli (ANZAC) was authorised to be worn 'over unit colour patches on both sleeves of the service dress jacket and greatcoat" by Military Order 354 of 18 Aug 17 and AIF Order 937 of 6 Nov 17, as amended in terms of qualification by Military Order 20 of 19 Jan 18 and by AIF Order 1084 of 25 Jan 18.

The size of the letter 'A', introduced as one inch in height (AIF Order 994 of 30 Nov 17), was reduced to three-quarters of an inch by AIF Order 1012 of 11 Dec 17.

Provision for wearing the brass letter 'A' was also included in General Routine Order 0.815 of 17 Dec 43 and GRO 310 of 7 Dec 45.


Wound Stripe

Army Order No.204 Headquarters, 1st A.N.Z.A.C., 9th August, 1916. (slightly amended for layout)

Wound Stripes

The following distinction in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns since 4th August 1914 :

  • Stripes of gold Russia braid No.1, two inches [2.5cm] in length sewn perpendicularly on the left forearm sleeve of the jacket to mark each occasion on which wounded.

  • In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will be immediately above the upper point of the flap on the cuff.

  • Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left forearm sleeve, the lower edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve.

  • Subsequent occasions on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the original one at half inch interval.

  • Gold braid and sews will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense to the public.

Long Service Badges

A.I.F. ORDER No.470, 24 January 1917 (slightly amended for layout)

The question of the issue of a badge to members of the AIF who have completed a certain period of service has received consideration, and approval has been given for the issue of a badge for long service combined with good conduct, subject to the following conditions.

  • The badge will consist of an inverted single chevron of service braid to be worn on the left forearm - the point of the chevron to be 3 inches [7.6cm] above the edge of the cuff.

  • Warrant and non-commissioned officers and men, will be eligible for the badge, which will not carry an increased pay or allowance.

  • One chevron will be worn for each complete year's service in the Australian Imperial Force from the date of embarkation in Australia.

  • No badge will be issued to any man who, during the 12 months, has incurred a regimental entry (i.e. an entry involving forfeiture of pay) in his sheet.

  • Time absent from the unit in hospital or elsewhere on account of wounds or sickness, not the result of misconduct, will count as service towards earning the badge.

  • A man in possession of a badge will forfeit same on being convicted of any offence involving a forfeiture of pay , but will be eligible to regain the badge after 6 months good conduct, from the date of forfeiture.

  • The illegal wearing of this badge will be a crime under A.A. Section 40.

Overseas Service Chevrons

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Australian Imperial Force Order No.1053, January 1918 (Slightly amended for layout)

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of chevrons to denote service overseas since the 4th August 1914.

  • Chevrons of two colours have been approved.

    • The first chevron if earned on or before 31st December 1914, will be red.

    • If earned on or after 1st January 1915, it will be blue.

    • All additional chevrons after the first will be blue.

  • The chevrons will be worsted embroidery, 1/4 inch [0.63cm] in width, the arms 4 inches [10.2cm] long. They will be worn inverted on the right forearm:

  • In the case of officers, the apex of the lowest chevron will be 1 inch [2.5cm] above the upper point of the flap on the cuff.

  • In the case of warrant-officers, non-commissioned officers and men, the apex of the lowest chevron will be midway between the seams and four inches [10.2cm] above the bottom edge of the sleeve.

  • The red chevron will be worn below the blue one. They will not be worn on greatcoats.

  • In the case of Australians, the first chevron was earned the date the individual left Australia. Additional chevrons were awarded for each successive aggregate period of 12 months service outside Australia.