WWI in the Herald: Archive
FRIDAY 23 APRIL 1915
Dr. Stretch, the Bishop of Newcastle, received a cable message last evening from London from his son, Mr. Noel Stretch, who left Australia with the First Expeditionary Force, stating that he had been given a commission in the Imperial Army.
Mr. Stretch left with a Melbourne contingent as a sergeant in the University Rifles, and previous communications received from him had come from Cairo.
General Sir Ian Hamilton is the Commander-in-Chief of the Dardanelles Expeditionary Force, of which the London “Daily Telegraph”‘ says the Australian troops are the backbone.
The London “Daily Telegraph’s” Cairo correspondent says that the Australians have developed faster and better than their best friends had hoped.
Their military efficiency has reached a high standard, and they also possess skill and courage of a high order.
Two Turkish mines have been recovered from the Suez Canal near Kantara.
‘The following communique was issued yesterday:-
The Austrians made a particularly stubborn attack at Polen Height, near Rostok, south-west of Baligrod, in the Carpathians.
The enemy suffered very heavy losses, and 500 were taken prisoners.
Bombs at Blelostok, in Poland, south-west of Grodno, killed and wounded several civilians, but the damage done was small. The bombs were thrown from ten German aeroplanes.
We successfully bombarded Soldau Station, in East Prussia.
Torpedoers in Anatolia on April 18th and 19th sank ten Turkish vessels carrying ammunition and stores.
Earl Grey presided today at a luncheon given at the Royal Colonial Institute to Mr. F.W. Young, the newly-appointed Agent-General for South Australia.
Those present included Sir George Reid, High Commissioner for Australia, the several Agents-General, Sir Robert Nivison, the well-known financier, Mr. J. Jenkins, formerly Premier of South Australia, and many prominent business men and bankers.
In the course of a speech Mr. Young said that the war found Australia in an exceedingly strong financial position, with over £40,000,000 in gold. She had been able, despite drought and disturbance of the wool, lead, and zinc markets, to continue the normal development of her resources. Australia’s exportation of primary produce made her position easier than that of the British manufacturers, who would have to fight the battle of commerce in the world’s dislocated markets long after peace was concluded.
He welcomed the promise given by Mr. Lewis Harcourt, Secretary of State for the Colonies, that the Dominions would be consulted regarding the terms of peace. The Empire was bound to give Germany a hiding – not in a spirit of vindictiveness, but as a matter of necessity.
Lord Islington, Parliamentary Under-secretary to the Colonies, extended a welcome to Mr. Young, on behalf of the Government.
The ministers of various denominations who are with the Australian Expeditionary Forces are allotted upon the basis of one to every 1160 men.
Archdeacon Gunther, of Parramatta, thinks that if the clergy in a body took the Kitchener pledge it would be a good example which would be followed by large numbers of people. He expresses the opinion that most of the clergy are already abstainers.
(From Embarkation Rolls)
Private Norman Coward, Kurri Kurri, 20th Infantry Battalion
Private Henry Walsh Taylor, Wickham, 20th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements