WWI in the Herald: Archive
WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL 1915
Some of the relics from the Emden, including one of the big guns, have arrived in Sydney.
The Toronto branch of the Red Cross Society is still doing good work. As a result of five weeks’ work two large parcels have been sent in, including nearly eighty suits of pyjamas.
Dr. Holmes’ first aid lectures have been attended by about thirty-five ladies and an examination for the St. John’s Ambulance Society certificate will be held shortly.
The Rifle Club drills every Thursday night, and new members are coming in.
A site for a range has been partly cleared, and is in readiness for the Government inspector to pass it. In the meantime very good practice is being done in a private miniature range.
A communique from Berlin claims that the Germans repulsed a British attack near the Ypres-Comines railway.
The Germans state they have captured M. Garros, the famous French aviator.
The “Dally Express” states that on the Belgian frontier there is great activity among the entire German naval and military air services.
Large quantities of incendiary bombs for Zeppelins have been concentrated at three bases. Additional hangars have been built in the Zeppelin depots, which have been disguised with much ingenuity to deceive the Allies’ aircraft.
The roof of the new shed at Brussels has been increased fourfold, and equipped with chimneys. It now resembles a factory.
The sheds at Ghent have been hidden by masses of tree branches, while the shed at Antwerp has been banked with grass a mounds, and it resembles a green hill.
It is certain that many airships have been garaged in Belgium, which have not yet been seen in the North Sea.
The German purpose is to suddenly launch a great fleet from Germany and Belgium for a spectacular raid on England. This is to encourage the German people and the troops.
The following communique has been issued:-
The enemy suffered great losses in his further attack on the heights of Telepoich.
One battalion surrendered en bloc.
Fresh attacks in the direction of the River Stry have been repulsed,
The “Novoe Vremya” states that General von Hindenburg has fallen into disfavour with the general staff but has retained command on the Kaiser’s urging that he be given another chance.
Details of the battle between the villages of Telepoich and Zuella, in the Carpathians, show that the Russians began to advance on the night of April 14. They carried the positions on the heights at the point of the bayonet.
Fighting was resumed with renewed intensity next day. The Austrians made repeated charges all day long, in a vain attempt to retake the lost trenches.
Then the Austrians rested and returned to the attack in the evening. Terrific hand-to-hand fighting occurred along the whole line. The Austrians were everywhere repulsed or checked.
At daybreak on the 16th the Russians slightly advanced. The Austrians refused to accept defeat, and made charge after charge all day, in an effort to recapture Telepoich.
The Russian observers had no doubt that the enemy was primed with drink. They failed, despite superiority of numbers, to retake Telepoich.
They next concentrated their attacks on Zuella. The Russians mewed down the attackers, and then stormed Hill 922.
An aeroplane reports that the Turks are concentrated in great strength on the coast northwards of Gallipoli and north-east, where the Turks have brought a great quantity of heavy artillery.
It is estimated that there are 700 mines between Marmora Island and the mainland.
The Turkish account of the sinking of the British submarine E15 states that she left Tenedos at midnight, and dived after entering the straits to avoid the searchlights.
She went aground at half-past six o’clock in the morning, her conning tower showing.
The first shell from the Turkish batteries struck the conning tower, killing the captain, and the second wrecked the machinery.
The crew left the vessel after there had been killed and seven wounded.
The enemy’s aeroplanes dropped bombs on the vessel to prevent her from falling into Turkish hands, but the Turks rescued the crew.
In anticipation of Admiral von Tirpitz’s birthday on April 24th, birthday cards are being sold in Germany bearing his portrait, and the words, “Tirpitz Strafe England!”
It is announced in Japanese official circles in London that Japan is augmenting her navy.
She is now constructing two first-class battleships.
(From Embarkation Rolls)
Private Vincent Campbell, Nelson Plains , 19th Infantry Battalion
Lieutenant Edward Gill, Merewether, 19th Infantry Battalion