Project Encompass (Nominal Roll Project)

August 7, 2017

PROJECT ENCOMPASS UPDATE - 27 SEP 17

 

Gentlemen,
Over the last 13 or so months Dick Stanios and I have been provided details of around 11,500 former members of 1st Armoured Regiment; however this is likely to include a significant number (greater than 2,000) of possible duplicates, triplicates, etc. 
Our major sources of information include:

  • Paper copies of Nominal Rolls (1987 to 2014) provided by John ‘Tubby’
    Brooker (Note 1)                                                                                                                                                      8,511

  • Contact Tank ….Wait Out (2013, Branagan, et al)                                                                                            1,063

  • 1st Armoured Regiment Association                                                                                                                      640

  • Individual memories (major contributors include Zeke Brooks,
    Tiny O’Shea, Russ James, etc)                                                                                                                                 930

  • Medium Tank Trial Unit (primarily B Sqn) Nominal Roll – provided
    by Norm Coleman                                                                                                                                                       112

  • DVA South Vietnam - Nominal Roll (C Sqn has been completed and does include
    some A Sqn and B Sqn personnel)                                                                                                                          433

  • Self Nominated                                                                                                                                                              60+

 
(it is not possible to balance the numbers as many members have been identified through a variety of different sources)
Note 1 – the nominal rolls provided by John Brooker cover 20 individual years over a period of 27 years (previously published in Tracks).  There is a high degree of duplication year-on-year.
 
ADF Records (aka Defence Archives) have formally rejected our request for electronic data of personnel records from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s.  It is understood that the President of the 1AR Association is working on an alternative approach.
Data collected so far includes Army Number (and PM Keys if applicable), family name, initials, given names, nick names, dates of service, appointments, sub-units and ranks held whilst in the Regiment.  In addition, we are also recording some course details, family relationships (father/son and brother relationships), all of which helps us to precisely identify individuals with the same surname.
Some former members are also providing us with email addresses and phone numbers but these will not be published.  Former members may contact us (Russ or Dick) or the Secretary of the Association for contact details for friends and acquaintances, etc.  In such cases we will always contact the owner of the information (if we have it) and seek their approval prior to passing it to any third party.
Ongoing Activities include:

  • Manual capture of Nominal Rolls provided by John Brooker

  • Manual capture of South Vietnam Veterans (A Sqn and B Sqn Nominal Rolls) – DVA have been requested to provide this information electronically but have yet to answer our first email request                                           500

  • Review of the Nominal Roll by selected former members to verify existing
    names as well as acting as memory joggers for older members

  • Liaison with the membership list (email and phone)

  • Data cleansing and validation activities

  • Research of Officer records contained in ‘The Army List of Officers of the Australian Military Forces’ also known as the ‘Stud Book’, Blue Book, Burgundy Book – we have been ably assisted by Gerry McCormack in Sydney in this activity.  We have also found that the ADFA Library in Canberra has volumes of the Stud Book back to 1951 

 
Future Activities include:

  • Additional discussions and meetings with former ‘olds and bolds’

  • Liaison with 1 Armd Regt re historical records, scrap books, mess silver, mess records, collections of photos, etc

  • Liaison with 1 Armd Regt after the move to SA concerning ongoing management of data for serving personnel

  • Liaison with Head of Corps and School of Armour re historical records, journals, etc

  • Discussions with Australian Archives for records (Routine Orders Part II) for the 1950s and 1960s – a formal ‘test’ request has been submitted for two individual standard archive boxes; Australian Archives have up to 70 days to consider formal requests.

Gratitude - we would like to express our gratitude to the many people who have provided advice and assistance, as well as the names of former members over the last 13 or so months.  We would also ask all former members to look for any memorabilia (particularly with names) and send electronic copies to us.
Breaking News - we recently found a photo of Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs for 1976 on a 1AR Association Facebook page (original provided by WO1 Lou Walker).  We would really appreciate a volunteer to coordinate the identification of personnel in the photo, particularly some of the RAEME members.
We were contacted by Ian Laurie (served with the Regiment from 1957 to 1963) who has a list of names from his time in the Regiment.  The list is on its way via snail mail.
 
Yours in 1st Armoured Regiment
Russ James and Richard (Dick) Stanios

 

 

 

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The 1st Armoured Regiment association has embarked on a project to produce a nominal roll of all uniformed personnel (regardless of corps), who served with the 1st Armoured Regiment from the time it was formed in 1946 (1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron) to the current day.  Two (2) older ex Warrant Officers (too slow to move one pace backwards) have volunteered to manage the project and coordinate the collection of data to achieve the mission.  Russ James (WO1) and Dick Stanios (WO2) were both Chief Clerks who served in the Regiment – Russ from 1967 to 1979, and Dick from 1977 to 1990.

Why – to preserve the history of the Regiment, fostering Esprit de Corps, recognising the importance of the Regimental Family, to assist former members and their families in time of need, paying appropriate recognition at funerals, and as an aid in determining the bona fides of those wishing to join the Association.

To ensure that we do not infringe on Privacy legislation we intend, as far as possible, to collect only Regimental (Army or PM Keys) number, surname, given names, ranks and dates of service with the Regiment.  In some cases, we have been provided with nicknames, appointments and Squadrons, troops and callsigns.  We need some of this information to specifically identify individuals.

Please contact either Russ James on 0419 331 401 or at RF.James@bigpond.com or Dick Stanios on 0488 026 881 or at leopardas.1@hotmail.com to ensure that you have been included or to nominate anyone that you either served with or recall from the past.

 

Project Status Report as at 31 July 2017

 

Data Collected

 

Data collected so far includes Army Number (and PM Keys if applicable), family name, initials, given names, nick names, dates of service, appointments, sub-units and ranks held whilst in the Regiment.  In addition, we are also recording some course details, father/son and brother relationships, etc which helps us to precisely identify individuals with the same surname.

Some former members are also providing us with email addresses and phone numbers but these are not to be published.  Former members may contact us (Russ or Dick) or the Secretary of the Association for contact details for friends and acquaintances, etc.  In such cases we will always contact the owner of the information (if we have it) and seek their approval prior to passing it to any third party.

Progress to Date

So far we have identified around 2,700 former members but this includes around 200 to 300 possible duplicates.  Major sources of information include:

 

  • Contact Tank ….Wait Out                                                                                                                          1,063

  • 1st Armoured Regiment Association                                                                                                          640

  • Individual memories                                                                                                                                      930

  • (MTTU Nominal Roll – provided by Norm Coleman)                                                                             112

  • DVA South Vietnam - Nominal Roll                                                                                                            129

  • Self Nominated                                                                                                                                                  47

 

(it is not possible to balance the numbers as many members have been identified through a number of different sources)

 

Ongoing Activities

 

  • Manual capture of South Vietnam Veterans (estimate)                                                                           700

  • Discussions with Defence Archives – potential electronic                                                                         
    transfer of personnel records – estimate                                                                                                  6,000

     

  • Liaison with the membership list (email and phone)

  • Data cleansing and validation activities

 

Future Activities

 

  • Discussions with John Brooker re data collected over many years

  • Discussions and meetings with former ‘olds and bolds’

  • Liaise with 1 Armd Regt re historical records scrap books, mess silver, mess records, collections of photos, etc

  • Liaise with 1 Armd Regt after RTA and move to SA concerning ongoing management of data for serving personnel

  • Liaise with Head of Corps and School of Armour re historical records, journals, etc

  • Discussions with Australian Archives for records for the 1950's and 1960's​

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