Robert Baskeville Long, my gt gt grandfather enlisted at Brisbane, Enogerra. He became a Sergeant Major in the 26th Battalion. He was born in Auckland NZ and his family were early settlers from Ireland, in Panmure, Auckland in ships arriving in 1848 and 1852. His Uncle John Long owned a homestead at Picnic Point Toowoomba, and the White Horse Hotel and "City Chambers" were built by his uncle.
Robert (Bob) Long served in all the major battles of WW1, and had a storing sense of loyalty to his men. He would stick up for them when the English officers tried to court marshall his men for little reason. He had honour and charisma with the men which earned him respect. On returning to NZ he served 22 years as Vice President of the RSA (Returned Services Association) advocating for benefits and the welfare of ex soldiers. He served in the same battalion as that of Frank Honywood, in "The Diary of Frank Honywood Private ", by Eric Partridge which records in great detail the events and battles the men in the 26th Battalion endured. If anyone knows more about the soldiers in this regiment I would be extremely interested. A pity E Partridge did not name more of the soldiers who took part in the War.