WWI in the Herald: Archive


London, Friday.

“The Times,” in a leading article, regarding the Government’s congratulations to the Commonwealth, states that the Australians’ gallantry is very grateful news to the British people.

Nothing moved the mother country more than the devotion of daughter nations. She sees in it the best auguries for the lofty ideals and spiritual traditions of the race.

“Britishers,” it says, “want to know why news available in Melbourne and Wellington is not announced in London.”

“The Daily Mail” complains that Britain is not yet allowed to hear anything about the Australians’ and New Zealanders’ magnificent services in the Dardanelles.

The newspapers generally, complain that they are not allowed to know the details of the gallantry of the Australians and New Zealand troops in the Dardanelles, which they state have been published in Australia.


When the House of Representatives met today, Mr. Fisher, the Prime Minister, said the following cable message had been received by the Government from His Majesty the King:-

“Hearty congratulations to you on the splendid conduct and bravery displayed by the Australian troops in the operations at the Dardanelles, who have indeed proven themselves worthy sons of the Empire.” In reply to the King’s message, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, the Governor-General today sent the following cable gram:-

“The Governor-General, with his humble duty to your Majesty, and on behalf of the Government and people of the Commonwealth, offers thanks for the gracious message of congratulations. Australia is proud to know that her troops have earned such high commendation from their King. The people of the Commonwealth continue steadfast in their resolve to place all their resources at your Majesty’s disposal to maintain unity and safeguard the welfare of the Empire.”

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Staff Sgt Myles Burnett Connor, Newcastle, Siege Arty Bde

Pte John Nicholas Cooke, The Junction, 7th Reinfts 5th Inf Bn

Pte Frank Jackson Dooley, Merewether, 19th Inf Bn

Pte Sydney Levien Hooke, Newcastle, 13th Coy ASC Field Bakery

Pte William Alexander Petherbridge, East Maitland, 18th Inf Bn

Pte William James Thompson, Ladysmith, 2nd Reinfts 22nd Inf Bn

Pte Eric Stanley Wright, Merewether, 30th Inf Bn

L/Sgt Lafayette Aloaso Sherburne, Newcastle, 4th Inf Bn

Pte James Glendenning Logan, Newcastle, 1st Inf Bn

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