Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 315
Lieut. Terence Ward Garling – youngest so of W. M. N. and Marie Garling. Born 15th February 1894 at "The Monastery" Kurraba Road Neutral Bay North Sydney.
a great grandson of Frederick Garling Judge Advocate of the Colony (N.S.W.) in 1816 – Commenced his military career when 16 years old – joining the mounted Scouts attached to St. George's English Rifles – on the disbandment of the Scouts he was transferred to the ranks of the regiment (Infantry) and at 17 was made a Corporal – in D company –
On the Defence Act – coming into force he had – under its provisions to register and Enrol in the Cadet Corps of the Commonwealth and after passing his Examination he obtained his Commission as 2nd Lieut – gazetted 30th June 1912 – at 18 by the Regulation of the Defence Act he had to transfer to the Citizens Army and then applied for a Commission in the Australian Field Artillery which he obtained dating from 1st August 1914. War with Germany being declared a few days afterwards