J Hurst & M Garvie: Unpublished diary of Roy Garvie MC – 1st MG SQN 3rd Light Horse
Posted on: Mon 28 Oct 2019
Part 2. Last week we told Listeners how 105 years ago, Roy Garvie and his brother, of Crafers South Australia, enlisted In the Australian Imperial Force soon after the outbreak of World War 1. They were among the first to enlist in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, with service numbers 49 and 50, trained in the newly established camp at Morphettville, and left Australian shores when they sailed to war on 22 October 1914 aboard the Troop Ship Pt Lincoln A17. Significantly for our generation, tantalising fragments of Roy’s diary have survived.
Today Dr James Hurst and Roy Garvie’s Grandson Michael Garvie continue their talk about how Roy served through the war from beginning to end, surviving the Gallipoli, Egypt and Sinai-Palestine Campaigns, as a machine gunner from start to finish. Roy was awarded the Military Cross, and his story provides a rare insight into the history of the 1st Machine Gun Squadron of the 3rd Light Horse.
Extra: That famous charge of the Light Horse…..
Interviewer Dr James Hurst. Interviewee Michael Garvie. Produced by Helen Meyer
Photo: Michael Garvie holding a photo of his Grandfather Roy Garvie MC; Roy Garvie seated at far right of photo. Photos provided by M Garvie and used with permission