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Sub-Branch History

The Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL Sub-Branch: Our People and Our History

The Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL has always had a proud history of being one of the leading South Australian RSL Sub-Branch's. Even before the Sub-Branch was officially established in 1923 as the Semaphore and Port Adelaide  R.S.S.I.L.A. (Returned Soldiers & Sailors Imperial League of Australia), the people of Semaphore and Port Adelaide had always been there for the Australian Men and Women who served their country.

We were the last to farewell our troops off as they boarded the ships at Port Adelaide for Gallipoli and we were the the first to welcome them home and to assist the wounded down the gang-ways. We cheerfully provided for the comfort, welfare and entertainment of soldiers and sailors whilst in Adelaide.

We've proudly answered every "Call" from taking up arms in the cause of the Empire, to giving freely on Wattle Day, Poppy Day, The Sailors & Soldiers' Distress Fund, ANZAC Appeal and many, many more.

We've helped build an Orthopedic Wing for the Keswick Military Hospital, assisted in the purchase of the Le Fevre Community Hospital for the people of  Semaphore & Port Adelaide and donated to research though Tubercular Soldiers' Aid Fund and the Lord Mayors Cancer Fund.

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Discovering Our Locals

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Discover Our WW1 Local Heroes

WHAITE, Sidney George

WHAITE, Sidney George


Regimental number 5133 Religion Church of England Occupation Butcher Address Semaphore Marital status Single Age at embarkation 26 Next of kin Mother : Mrs Jane Whaite of South Terrace, Semaphore, SA Enlistment date 1-May-16 Rank on enlistment Private Unit…

 DEY, George Roy McGregor

DEY, George Roy McGregor


George Dey spent six weeks in Egypt and then went to France.  He was engaged in the Battle of Pozieres…

McGUIRE, Reginald Francis

McGUIRE, Reginald Francis


Regimental number 585 Place of birth Port Pirie, South Australia School Christian Brothers (Catholic) School Adelaide, South Australia Religion Roman Catholic Occupation Fitter Address Jetty Road, Largs Bay, South Australia Marital status Single Age…

HOWIE, Samuel William

HOWIE, Samuel William


  Regimental number 5270 Religion Methodist Occupation Driver Address Alberton, South Australia Marital status Single Age at embarkation 26 Next of kin Mother, Mrs A Howie, Coburg Road, Alberton, South Australia Enlistment date 24-May-15 Rank on enlistment Private Unit…