WWI in the Herald: Archive
SATURDAY 24 APRIL 1915
The Minister for Defence, Senator Pearce, gave a denial to statements that gifts for troops had been sold or diverted from the proper channels.
He had received a report from the officer commanding the Australian First Division denying the allegations, and stating that the gifts had all been properly distributed.
A committee of ladies in connection with the Red Cross was formed at Greta on Thursday. A meeting for that purpose was held in the council chambers, the Mayoress, Mrs. J. A. Lewis, presiding. Some eighteen ladies were present. Mrs. M. Grant and Miss E. T. Windsor were appointed joint secretaries, and Mrs. A. E. W. Leaver treasurer. It was decided that each member subscribe sixpence per month to the fund. It was also decided that the members of the committee be formed into groups, for the purpose of making soldiers’ requirements, viz., socks, pyjamas, shirts, and pillowcases. After other arrangements, the Mayoress invited the committee to partake of afternoon tea.
Steps are being taken to have a petition to the Mayor of Newcastle signed, asking him to convene a meeting of citizens to give opportunity to start the movement of following the example of the King, and eschewing liquor during the war. The Rev. Thos. Davies has taken the initiative.
A Berlin wireless message states that 20,000 English and French troops have been landed at Enos, in Turkey in Europe, 150 miles almost due west of Constantinople.
A heavy cannonade is proceeding to between the Turkish batteries and the Allies’ ships.
A telegram from Sofia states that fugitives confirm the landing of the British at Enos.
They report that the Turkish commandant had ordered the evacuation of the fort.
The allied fleet is bombarding the Gallipoli Peninsula, where the Turks are erecting fortifications.
The latest communique states:-
Austrian night attacks at Telepoich were repulsed.
We counter-attacked, and with the bayonet drove back the enemy with heavy loss.
It is semi-officially announced that the new Russian artillery is proving remarkably efficient, and is outranging the German.
Reprisals are threatened if German airmen continue to drop bombs on undefended towns.
Many prisoners taken in the Carpathians were drunk.
The State Premier has received the following letter from the Consul for Bel glum:-
“I am directed by his Majesty King Albert of Belgium to express to the Government of New South Wales his Majesty’s heartfelt gratitude for the most generous help this State has afforded to Belgium. Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Elizabeth, the Belgian Government, and Belgian nation most earnestly appreciate Australia’s sympathy and the relief all have so generously given.”
In a letter in which he estimates the number of bad conduct men in his command at one-half per cent., Colonel Elliott, who commands a Victorian battalion in Egypt, states:-
“I read your letter out to the boys, who were delighted to hear that you had been able to contradict the newspaper scandal as to their behaviour here. In point of fact, the behaviour of the division here – and I speak as one who has considerable experience both with colonial irregular forces and with men of the irregular army – has been, with remarkably few exceptions, exemplary.
“I want you to realise also that in Egypt the liquor trade is absolutely under no restriction whatever. There are no licenses, and it is a common occurrence to see barrows laden with beer and spirits being wheeled through the streets for sale, and every tram from Cairo to here at night is boarded with natives who sell bottles of liquor. In addition, there is no inspection or Pure Foods Act, consequently the vilest concoction – often a mixture of methylated spirits and other filth – are sold as leading brands of whisky with, as you may imagine, disastrous results.”
(From Embarkation Rolls)
Private Percy Howard Donnelly, Wickham, 26th Infantry Battalion, 1st Reinforcements
Private Christmas Evans, Hamilton, 19th Infantry Battalion
Private Charles Hedley Green, Newcastle, 18th Infantry Battalion, 1st Reinforcements