Reginald John Long
Serial No. 11435
Army Service Corps
Reginald John Long - Information
Reginald was a son of John and Augusta Margaret Long. Reginald was born and raised in Campbelltown, before the family moved to 74 Queen St in Auburn. When the war broke out, Reginald was working as a railway clerk. In 1914, his two brothers Cyril and Harold enlisted in the AIF. Reginald followed suit and joined up on the 1st of October 1915 in Sydney, when he was 25 years old. He commenced an impressive career during his training, as he was designated to the 9th Infantry Brigade Headquarters in March 1916. On the 28th of April, Reginald was then transferred to the Army Service Corps being promoted to Staff Sergeant at the beginning of May.
Reginald was then shipped overseas from Sydney on the 8th of May 1916 onboard the HMAT Demosthenes. He arrived in Plymouth, England on the 20th of July, and by October, Reginald was posted to the 3rd Field Bakery at Larkhill. He proceeded overseas to France on the 31st of November. Reginald helped to provide warm and filling meals to very grateful troops on the Western Front. After the war ended, Reginald went back to England, where he met and fell in love with Doris Stepherd Buffarm. Reginald and Doris married on the 16th of April 1919 at St Bede’s Catholic Church on Thornton Road, Wandsworth in London. At the time, they were living at 32 Sternhold Ave, Streatham Hill. Reginald left England to return to Australia on the 21st of June onboard the Konig Luise and was discharged from military service in September 1919.