The Langtip family had four sons who served in the Middle East. On 25 January 1918, five Langtip brothers tried to enlist together but as they were brothers, only three were allowed to enlist — Henry, Leslie Oliver, and Bertie Allen. The next day, Australia Day, Ernest also successfully enlisted.  

All four of them joined the 16th Reinforcements for the 4th Light Horse and were given consecutive enlistment numbers. The 4th Light Horse Brigade is known for its role in the Battle of Beersheba, in which the Langtip brothers served with distinction.   

Henry Langtip's 1916 diary, c1916. Source: Australian War Memorial.  

Studio portraits of the Langtip Brothers, Bertie, Henry, Leslie, and Ernest. Courtesy of Dorothy Langtip.