WWI in the Herald: Archive


London, Thursday.

The War Office states that despite continual opposition, the troops have established themselves across the peninsula north-east of Hissarlik.

They have beaten off attacks at Sari Bair, and are steadily advancing.

The four principal points of debarkation by the Allied force operating against the Turks were at Suvla, Helles, Kum Kaleh, and at a spot on the Coast of Saros, below Ghennikos, and in line with the town of Gallipoli.

The majority of the forces were landed at Sedd el Bahr, on the European side, opposite Kum Kaleh.

The War Office states that the Turks’ preparation against landing included entanglements on land and sea, and deep pits, with spiked bottoms.

Melbourne, Thursday.

Mr. Fisher, the Prime Minister, announced in the House of Representatives today the following cable message from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, has been received by Mr. Fisher, the Prime Minister:-

“London, April 27th –

His Majesty’s Government desire me to offer to you their warmest congratulations on the splendid gallantry and magnificent achievements of your contingent in the successful progress of operation at the Dardanelles.”

The following cable message has been sent to the Secretary of State by the Governor-General:-

“The Government and people of Australia are deeply gratified by learning that their troops have won distinction in their first encounter with the enemy. We are confident that they will carry the King’s colours to further victory.” (Hear, hear.)

In the Senate, Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, announced the receipt of the message from the Secretary of State, congratulating the Australians on the gallantry of their troops in the Dardanelles.

The bulk of the first Australian Expeditionary Force had arrived at the Dardanelles, having been successfully transported without any loss, and had landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where an action had taken place.

It had proceeded successfully, and was proceeding successfully.

He added that when the operations first commenced it was essential that no particular should be given of the movements of the troops. He was aware that the prohibition had given rise to some inconvenience to the press and to the friends and relatives of the forces, but he thought it would be realised that this was in the interests of the troops themselves.

He was glad to say now that the operations had been successfully carried out. All news in possession of the press regarding the operations could be published.

Senator Bakhap (Tasmania) inquired as to the arrangement for making known casualty lists.

The Minister for Defence: Before any casualty list is published in the case of officers, the Governor-General will convoy the news through a suitable channel to the relatives of the deceased.

In the case of the rank and file the announcement is made by myself by telegram or special messenger, through a clergyman of the denomination to which the soldier belongs, so as to ensure that the first news of the casualty reaches the relatives of the soldier.

Until the Government is assured that it has reached its destination no casualty list will be published. As soon as sufficient time has elapsed the casualty lists will from time to time be made available.

I may say that up to the present the Government has not been advised of any casualties except deaths from sickness.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Pte Henry Chadban, Stroud, 6th Reinfts 13th Inf Bn

Pte John Joseph Connor, West Maitland, 4th Inf Bn

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