WWI in the Herald: Archive
TUESDAY 20 APRIL 1915
The latest communique states:-
Our artillery stopped an attack on the trenches at Bordes St. Maitre, in the Aisne Valley. A subsequent bayonet charge inflicted serious losses on the enemy.
A French aeroplane brought down a German between Langemarck and Passchendaele, after a brilliant pursuit.
A previous communique states:-
A Belgian aeroplane brought down a German aeroplane at Roulers, 10 miles north-west of Courtrai. Our airmen bombarded the aviation ground at Roulers.
An official message from Berlin says that the British blew up a German position south-east of Ypres, north of the canal.
The British were driven out of one crater which they held, but they still occupy three others. The battle continues.
An official statement, issued by Press Bureau, states that on the 16th instant, three aeroplanes flew from the Suez Canal to Elvirr, 25 miles from El Arish.
They dropped nine bombs effectively on about 200 tents.
None of the enemy’s troops were seen within sight of Elvirr, although one or two outposts are known to exist.
On the same date a French cruiser (assisted by a seaplane) bombarded a camp near El Arish.
No large number of troops were seen, though the enemy fired on the cruiser and the seaplane without doing any harm.
On the 17th instant the French cruiser again bombarded the camp at Gaza, inflicting considerable damage on the troops.
The British Admiralty reports that the submarine E15 was reconnoitring a minefield, when she went aground at Kephez, in the Dardanelles, on the coast of Asia Minor.
An official message from Constantinople states that 24 of the crew were rescued and taken prisoners.
Seven are reported missing.
With a view to dispelling rumours of a Dardanelles disaster, Mr. Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, announced that nothing has occurred since March 18th, except local bombardment.
The Allies have not sustained any loss in a naval action in the North Sea.
Mine-sweeping operations in the Dardanelles continue to be proceeded with by the Allies.
Every day warships enter the Straits, in order to prevent repairs to the forts which have been silenced.
The bombardment of the Dardanelles was resumed on Saturday.
An official communique, summarising the Carpathians struggle to the 5th instant, says:-
After 18 days’ persistent fighting, we captured a front 70 miles long, and took prisoners 70,000 men, including 900 officers, 30 guns, and 200 maxim guns.
(From Embarkation Rolls)
Private Robert Thomas Foster, Boolaroo, 1st Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Lieutenant Edward Thomas Harnett, Merewether, 17th Infantry Battalion
Private Gore Willock James, Newcastle, 3rd Australian General Hospital
Private Archibald Torrens Lloyd, Ardglen, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 8th Reinforcements
Private Hamilton Leslie Osborne , Raymond Terrace, 1st Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Private William Vincent Power, West Maitland, 20th Infantry Battalion, 1st Reinforcements
Private George Henry Priestley, Martins Creek, 1st Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Private Donald Douglas Scobie, Oakhampton, 18th InfantryBattalion