The greatest of thanks to Elizabeth Mary Richardson Bartlett Robinson and Steve Canvin for there help with this article.

Reginald Canvin

Reginald Thomas Canvin (1893-1981)

We recently received some new articles with reference to Reginald Canvin and the army career of this remarkable solder. He saw action in some of the most deadly battles of the war including, Mena, Lemnos, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine (Dardanelles), Tel-El-Kebir, Pozieres, The Somme, Lagnicourt, Bullecourt, Menin Road Passchendaele and Picardy (flanders).

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It was on the Königin Luise (above) that Reginald set sail for Australia and a new life 13/10/1913

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From his diary Reginald left for Australia aboard the Königin Luise a German Mail steamer on the 13th October 1913 arriving on the 6th December in Adelaide he says the voyage was good but the food rotten . He joined the Australian forces on the 19th August 1914 where he had done his training, leaving on the 21st October on board a transport medic for Fremantle where they picked up troops and horses. They left on October 30th with 1200 men aboard. The ship was HMAT Medic A7 (pictured left) it anchored for 2 days before setting sail for Alexandria Egypt. HMAT A7 (his Majesty's Australian Transport) was a 12,000 tons twin screw passenger vessel built in 1899 by Harland & Wolff Belfast to be used by the White Star line for the UK to Sydney via Cape town route. The ship was leased to the commonwealth at the start of the war to transport troops and horses interestingly it was used during the Boar war for exactly the same purposes . Reginald was enlisted to the 3rd field Ambulance regiment and I have him listed as an engineer, the unit was responsible for lifting injured troops from the battlefield under fire. After WW1 ended Reginald returned to Australia and lived to 88.

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Article below entitled the Fighting Canvin Brothers.
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Illuminated Adress given to Reginald Canvin
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Page 1 of Reginald's War Diary
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Page 2 of Reginald's War Diary
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