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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

McBEATH, Robert Donald

McBEATH, Robert Donald


Regimental number 3828 Place of birth Port Adelaide, South Australia School Public School Religion Presbyterian Occupation Telegraphist Address Semaphore, South Australia Marital status Single Age at embarkation 24 Next of kin Mother, Mrs E McBeath, Germein Street…

KLOPP, Arthur

KLOPP, Arthur


Regimental number 1291 Religion Methodist Occupation Carpenter Marital status Single Age at embarkation 23 Next of kin Father, W F Klopp, Military Road, Semaphore, South Australia Enlistment date 11-Sep-14 Rank on enlistment Private Unit…

HOARE, Harry

HOARE, Harry


Regimental number 4493 Place of birth Alberton, South Australia School Alberton Public School Religion Roman Catholic Occupation Labourer Address Kent Street, Alberton, South Australia Marital status Single Age at embarkation 31 Next of kin Mother, Mrs M…

CRISP, Douglas Bertram

CRISP, Douglas Bertram


Regimental number 2631 Religion Protestant Occupation Grocer Address Junction Road, Rosewater, South Australia Marital status Single Age at embarkation 19 Next of kin Mother, Mrs L B Crisp, Junction Road, Rosewater, South Australia Enlistment…