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Centenary of the Great War

Dungog brothers: Douglas and Gregory Page, of the 34th Battalion, who were killed in action 10 weeks apart in early 1917. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for April 30 to May 6, 1917

LARGE CAPTURE OF PRISONERSField-marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the West Front, reports: “We captured 19,343 prisoners in April, including 393 officers, and 257 guns and howitzers, of which 48 are heavy guns, 227 trench mortars, and 470 machine guns.Our artillery destroyed many other guns.During the air fighting on Monday and last night our aeroplanes brought down eight enemy aeroplanes, and drove down nine uncontrollable. Gunfire shot down another. Nine of ours are missing.We carried out a successful raid northward of Ypres on Monday night.”

HEAVY DEATH TOLLSydney, Thursday. The 291st casualty list, issued today, contains 971 names. It includes 309 killed in action, 35 died of wounds, two accidentally killed, and six died of other causes. There are eight reported missing, 45 ill, and four injured.

JOFFRE ON AUSTRALIANSMarshal Joffre, of the French Mission to the United States, received over 70 journalists and before making a statement shook hands and gave brief greetings to individual members of the party.To the representatives of the Australian Press Association he said: “Ah! The Australians! You have a great army. I have seen them at the west front, where they are doing splendid work. I would like you to tell the Australian and New Zealand people what I think of the soldiers they have sent abroad. I know their work, their initiative, their bravery.They are fine boys! Ils sont tres bons garcons! Tres bons soldats!”

CRICKET AFTER THE WARThere were so many Australian cricketers on active service that it was suggested that instead of England sending a team to Australia after the war, these Australians might engage in a series of matches.

AUSTRALIAN WAR RECORDSMr Andrew Fisher, the High Commissioner for Australia, is establishing an Australian War Records Branch to collect historic events in which Australian troops were concerned, together with a collection of pictures, films, and photographs, and a collection of war relics, illustrating the most recent war devices. He has already made a claim for a tank.

CURRENT NEWSApproval was given yesterday by the State Cabinet for street collections to be taken up throughout NSW on June 1st in aid of the war work of the YMCA Sanction for the appeal had previously been given by the War Council. In consequence of the permission which has now been obtained from the Government the date named, which falls on a Friday, will be known throughout the State as Red Triangle Day, the red triangle being the emblem of the YMCA.

NEWS OF THE DAYEnlistments in NSW during the past five weeks reached a higher average than for any similar period since the present campaign began.

A number of returned soldiers, who were engaged in the Gallipoli campaign, held a preliminary meeting in Sydney, with a view to the formation of an Anzac Association. The movement is an outcome of the disruption in the ranks of the Returned Soldiers Association.

A War Precaution regulation makes it an offence to deface any recruiting poster.

A HINT TO THE SISTERTo the thousands of sisters who have brothers at the front, and whose thoughts are constantly with them, and what can best be sent them to make their lot easier or safeguard their health, it may not be amiss to suggest sending a bottle of Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills. A bottle of pills may seem an amusing or unusual thing to suggest, but seriously, could anything of equal size or cost be sent that will be so necessary or useful? It is a well-known fact that the men require such a remedy. The irregular life causes the system to get out of order, and it is this getting out of order that is responsible for such an enormous loss from sickness. The shot and shell of the enemy are only a part of the danger the soldiers face. To be an effective soldier, good health is far and away the most important single item.Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills are too well known to the public to waste space telling what they will do. The little amber bottle in which they are packed will secure them from all kinds of weather conditions, and they can be carried by the men on their person at all times without inconvenience.

35TH BATTALIONFUND Messrs. D. J. Mitchell and Co. have arranged a weekly cookery competition for the benefit of Battalion street stalls. The first, which closed last Friday, resulted in several creditable specimens of home-made scones being sent in. The first and second prizes fell to Mrs. H. Ford of the Junction and Mrs. A. Ellison of Newcastle, respectively. The scones afterwards sold readily. Next Friday the competition will be repeated. On each successive Friday the special class of cookery to be competed for will be announced. The silver centre-piece donated by a Newcastle resident was won by J. Macleod. The secretary, Miss G. J. Short, appeals for empty glass jars suitable for jam, which may be left at the depot, Messrs. Scott’s, Limited, at any time.

A YEAR’S WORKA distinctly creditable record is disclosed in the report of the committee of the 36th Battalion Comforts Fund presented at the annual meeting held yesterday afternoon at the premises of Messrs. Winn and Company, Ltd. The report, which covered receipts and disbursements from August 1, 1916 to April 24, 1916, was submitted by Mrs. H. H. Clack, the honorary secretary. It stated that the work of the committee was started on March 14th, 1916 and the interest had been well maintained. Special mention was made of the work of the Adamstown Girls’ League; St. Andrew’s Guild, Mayfield; Islington Girls’ League; St. Philip’s Guild, Watt-street; New Lambton Girls’ League; Hamilton Girls’ League and the Mayfield Girls’ League for financial assistance, together with all those who had assisted at the street stall. Thanks were due to Messrs. Winn and Co. for placing a room gratuitously at the committee’s disposal, and for many acts of courtesy. They and their employees had been generous in assisting financially. Flags were presented to the 4th, 5th, and 6th reinforcements, and were the gifts of Messrs. Winn and Co., Scott’s, Ltd., and Mrs. David Mitchell. Cases containing Christmas cheer to the value of £200 were sent to the men and were received by them on Christmas Day. During the year 101 cases had been despatched to the value of £936 15s 9d. These contained 1410 pairs socks, 976 shirts, 428 shorts, 345 balaclavas, 55 dozen handkerchiefs, 105 kneecaps and mittens, 500 tins tobacco and cigarettes, and a large quantity of tinned goods.

PELAW MAIN SPORTSA sports meeting for the purpose of raising funds to erect a Pelaw Main Soldiers’ Roll of Honour was held on the Kurri Kurri Cricket Oval on Saturday afternoon, when there was a large attendance. The programme was a long and varied one, and the nominations for all the events were exceptionally large. In consequence of the big entries a great many of the events were not completed, but the committee will continue the programme on some future date. The all-comers’ 75 yards handicap was the principal event of the day. The bicycle events were carried out on the road outside the sports ground.

PRIVATE TOLL MISSINGAlderman A. F. Toll, of Wickham, yesterday received information that his eldest son, Private Thorold Toll, had been missing since April 11. He left in August, 1915. He was at Gallipoli four months before the evacuation, and proceeded from there to France with a machine gun company.

LONE PINE BANDThe Lone Pine Band visited Newcastle on Saturday, and as all the members are returned soldiers, they received a cordial and hearty welcome. At different points along Hunter-street the band played selections, and the music was thoroughly appreciated. Collections were taken up during the day, a very satisfactory sum being realised.

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURTAlbert Davis, a naval trainee, was ordered into the custody of Commander J. G. Fearnley for 48 hours for having failed to render personal service. The commander remarked that defaulters gave a lot of trouble. They ignored notices served on them. Davis was ordered to pay 3s costs.

BELMONTAnzac Day was celebrated at Belmont school in accordance with the departmental circular. The children and many of the parents assembled at the school in the morning, when Mrs. B. Clift, president of the parents and citizens’ association, addressed the gathering, and unveiled a roll of honour.

ENLISTMENTSJames Ascroft, Newcastle; Reginald James Camps, Cooks Hill; George Herbert Cobb, Belltrees; Horace Corrigan, Newcastle; Arthur Courtney, Cooks Hill; John Crawley, Sawyers Gully; Thomas McKail Dick, Merewether; Ernest Duncan, Tighes Hill; Benjamin Charles Ginman, Newcastle; William George Holland, Newcastle; Alfred George James, Newcastle; Robert Royal Johnston, Lorn; William Henry Johnston, Speers Point; John George Keith, Newcastle; Ernest Lahiff, Linwood; George Keith Lawrie, Hamilton; Roy Edward Martin, Aberdeen; Stanley Francis McCann, Newcastle; Edwin Mittendorf, Warners Bay; Charles Joseph Neller, West Maitland; Selby Morton Ponder, Denman; Walter Edward Robinson, Newcastle; James Lawrence Scrimgeour, Waratah; Edward George Shalala, Kurri Kurri; Alexander Shepherd, Merewether; Jack Stevens, Newcastle; Allan Frederick Tacon, Kurri Kurri.

DEATHSCpl Gilbert Goldie Anschau, Newcastle; 2nd Lieut David Henry Avard, East Maitland; Pte Richard Aynsley, Weston; Pte Thomas Betts, Newcastle; Pte Thomas William Blayden, Scone; Pte Charles Thomas Brown, Denman; Pte John Byrnes, Apple Tree Flat; Pte Sydney Campion, South Singleton; Pte William Carter, Bulga; Pte Herbert Chadban, Stroud; Pte Percy Charlton Cobcroft, St Clair; Gnr Michael George Coghlan, Mayfield; Pte Sidney Collis, Islington; Pte Edward Cox, Toronto; Pte Richard Daniel Cox, Singleton; Pte Henry Crowley, Stanhope; Pte William Atkinson Davidson, Toronto; Pte Daniel Davies, Wallsend; Cpl Arthur Oliver Denton, Adamstown; Pte Herbert Francis Dickinson, Bulga; Pte Robert Fallins, Kahibah; Pte Patrick Leslie Gilligan, Dagworth; Pte Frederick Green, Abermain; Pte Walter James Greenham, Stroud; Pte Cecil Hall, Morisset; L/Cpl Stanley Harold Harris, Copeland North; L/Cpl Horace David Hunter, Raymond Terrace; Pte John Kelly, Scone; Pte Cecil Robert Lawless, Merriwa; Pte William Lewis, Adamstown; Pte William Mitchell, Newcastle; Pte William John Mott, Dartbrook; Pte Peter Hamilton Mulholland, Plattsburg; Pte William Bede Murphy, Hamilton; Pte David Mutton, West Wallsend; Pte Arthur Leslie Nelson, West Maitland; Pte John Parkes, Wallsend; Pte Joseph Robert Pritchard, Killingworth; Sgt William James Patrick Quinn, Singleton; Pte Frank Randle, Boolaroo; Pte Thomas Francis Ravell, Forster; Pte William Henry Rudkin, Berrico Creek; Pte John Slater, Carrington; Pte John Stephen Smith, Bandon Grove; Pte Thorold Toll, Wickham; L/Cpl Clarence John Wellard, Gloucester; Pte Victor Whitehouse, Merewether; Pte Septimus Walter Woodland, Cessnock; Pte David Henry Zerk, Muswellbrook.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. Follow his research at facebook南京夜网/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

Elder star back for Mile shot

Darren Elder and ShannonsablastTHE lure of the Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile has convinced Maitland trainer Darren Elder to bring Shannonsablast home from Queensland early.

The 2015 Inter Dominion series qualifier was a late addition to Saturday’s group 3 field at Newcastle on Tuesday after nominations were extended a day.

Shannonsablast, which was ninth in last year’s Newcastle Mile, became the fourth locally-trained hope in the $31,800 race, which now has eight runners. The other Hunter chances are Better Than Max (Darren Reay), Ultimate Art (Michael Formosa) and My Chachingchaching (Roy Roots jnr).Nominations were also extended for the $10,000 Newcastle Derby but thatfield remained at eight.

Elder had sent Shannonsablast to the Queensland stables of Mark Dux and theseven-year-old gelding had five starts at Albion Park, starting with two victories.However, he had been unplaced in his last three.Elder planned to bring Shannonsablast home next week but fast-tracked the move after Mile nominations were extended. He now expects to have him back on Wednesday night.

“Mark has got quite a few horses in work up there and we just thought it was time to bring him home,” Elder said. “We’ll put him in that race, give him a bit of a freshen up and see what we do from there.

“I haven’t seen him for a month but he should be competitive.He can run times with them and he has raced against them a fair bit and been competitive. Mark thinks he is going good enough, so we thought, ‘whynot?’”

Meanwhile, Valentine trainer Sam Dimarco’s Black Silhouette drew gate one for Saturday night’s group 1$322,000 Australian Pacing Gold final for two-year-old fillies at Melton.

Rates rise $136 across Hunter for fire services

NSW Rural Fire Service conducting a hazard reduction at Mt Faulk Road Cooranbong. PICTURE: Peter StoopHUNTER property owners will fork out an extra $136 per year on average in council rates to help pay for the state’s fire and emergency services.

From July 1,property owners across the state will be charged a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy,part of new legislation passed in the NSW parliament in March.

The levy isbased on land value determined by the NSW Valuer-General, and replacesthe previous tax on insurance policies.

In Newcastle,the average residential propertyowner will pay an extra $173 per year,bringing the average residential rateto more than $1500 on the back of another 8per cent year-on-year increase thanks to the 2015 Special Rate Variation.

The annual levy is determined by adding a fixed charge – $100 for residential property – to an additional ad valorem amount based on unimproved land value.

And while some blue-chip areas in Sydney,such as Mosman, will payannual bills exceeding $500, the Hunter’s contribution will be more modest.

In Maitland, an average ratepayer will pay an extra $138 according to the state government’s fee calculator, while in Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens the charge is $158 and $149 respectively.

That’s below the state-wide average increase of$185, and Newcastle City Council believesratepayers will actually be $47 better off “as a result of an average $233 per annum reduction to their insurance costs following the removal of the current emergency services levy from insurance premiums”.

Before the legislation was passed, three-quarters of the annual $950 million cost of funding Fire and Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service was funded via a tax on insurance companies.

The shift to a levy was recommended by a 2013inquiry which found 36 per cent – or 810,000 landowners – who do not have home contents insurance would pay the levy for the first time.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has said the reform is the “fairest way to fund fire and emergency services”.

Energy policy is needed to protect local jobs

DISCUSSION: Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon; shadow minister for innovation, industry, science and research Kim Carr; Paterson MP Meryl Swanson and Weston Aluminium managing director Garbis Simonian at Weston Aluminium on Tuesday. Picture: Krystal SellarsLabor MPs fear thousandsof jobs will be impactedif action is not taken soon to address Australia’s energy crisis.

Senator Kim Carr joinedMember for HunterJoel Fitzgibbon andPaterson MPMeryl Swanson in the region on Tuesday to hear first-hand howthe energy crisis is affectinglocalmanufacturers.

Senator Carr–the shadow minister for industry, innovation, science and research–visited Weston Aluminium, Tomago Aluminiumand Throsby Meatworks at Whittingham,near Singleton.

He said he’s hearing similar stories right across the country –that high energy prices and access to gas are impacting the industry and threatening jobs.

“There is a profound problem with the manipulation of the (gas) market,” he said.

“Thousands of workers are being adversely affected and companies are being disadvantaged.”

He said the government needs to acknowledge that it is a national crisis and implement an energy policy.

“It’s clear to the whole nation that this is a national problem,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of talk, but not a lot of action.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the government’s lack of policy on energy has led to a crisis.

He said each of theplants they visited on Tuesdayare highly dependent on the supply of secure and affordable energy – both electricity and gas.

“Four years of energy policy inaction is driving gas shortages and higher energy prices for our manufacturers,” he said.

“The aluminium and meat processing industries we visited todayoffer just two examples of those who are already affected, and will be even more so if something is not done.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said he and MsSwanson have been actively working in Canberra to“highlightthe looming crisis and the need to act”.

“We need a national energy policy and we need one quickly,” he said.

“Many local jobs are depending on it.”

Ms Swanson said manufacturing is an important industry in the region.

“We need jobs for the area –that’s the bottom line,” she said.

Weston Aluminium managing director Garbis Simonian (who is also the managing director of theQueensland Hunter Gas Pipeline project) said the consequences could be devastating for businesses like his if the energy crisisis not addressed soon –and thatbetter access to gas would play akey role.

Hunter MP Joel FitzgibbonThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Rosebud WPL side part ways with coach

RD 9 (all 2.30pm): Saturday: Valentine v Hamilton. Sunday: Charlestown v Adamstown, Lake Macquarie v Jets Youth, Magic v Maitland, Weston v Edgeworth.Adamstown coach Ben Herron has stepped aside so the HeraldWomen’s Premier League side“can stay together as a group”.

Herron resigned on Monday night after a meeting with the Adamstown committee, which followed a 5-2 loss to Warners Bay on Saturday and 6-0 defeat to Merewether a week earlier.

Herron said he was not getting therequired “commitment, desire and competitiveness”from the players and he had “taken accountability for my approach and passion, which has led me to make an extremely tough and disappointing decision”.

“I have been pushing the team hard because Iwant them to improve as individuals and as a team,” he said.“Some of them have found that drive to be too tough.

“The playing group there now has to take some accountability for their actions and performances. They will not have any excuses now, and whatever they do will be a direct reflection on themselves and how hard they want to work.”

Adamstown WPL co-ordinator Kerry Conquest said her committeewas sorry to see Herrongo.

“Ben coached our first grade team to the premiershiplast seasonwhen many gave them no chance of being competitive,” Conquest said.“His passion for the game is undoubted and we know he is going to be missed.”

She said under 18s coachLou D’Amico would step in.

** A hat-trick to Tega Marcus led Belswans to a 4-3 win over West Wallsend in NorthernLeague One on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Wallsend beat Toronto 2-0, Kahibah downed Singleton 3-0, Cessnock and New Lambton finished 1-1 and Thornton smashed South Cardiff 6-0.