Members of the 1st Field Ambulance receiving mail, Chailak Dere, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
James Hamilton enlists. James is commemorated on the Centenary of WWI in Orange Honour Roll; he would be killed in action in Belgium on 29 October 1917.
Between 29 August and 14 September, two stretcher-bearers at the 1st Field Ambulance treated 199 dental cases. They performed 122 extractions, 29 amalgam fillings, six dressings, 30 minor operations, two partial upper dentures, two partial lower dentures and 19 repairs.
Burning scrub on the seaward slopes of Hill 60, CEW Bean, 27 August 1915. Image courtesy Australian War Museum.
Australian, New Zealand and British units launch a second assault on Hill 60 at Gallipoli in an attempt to improve communications between Anzac Cove and Suvla. Bursting shells ignite fires; causing some of the wounded to be burnt. The Allies manage to gain some ground, but fail to take and hold the main Turkish position. This would be was the last major action of the Gallipoli campaign.
The Leader reports that Mr WT Hitchen of Gilgandra has devised a novel recruitment plan that involves a march to Sydney. This concept would evolve into The Coo-ee March, and take place in October 1915. Novel Plan for Recruiting
Valentine Edward Lohan enlists. Valentine is commemorated on the Centenary of WWI in Orange Honour Roll; he would be killed in action in France on 23 July 1916.
The Leader reports that Private Edwin Fardell has written to his mother in East Orange to report that he is in good health and to request writing paper and two lead pencils. Personal. Unbeknown to his mother, Private Fardell had been wounded during the Battle of Lone Pine on 8 August and transferred to the hospital ship Delta, where he died of his wounds the following day.
The people of Orange continue to celebrate the return of Lance Corporal George Tidex, the first wounded soldier from the district to be invalided home. Events are held at Orange Public School and the Foresters’ Hall. Our Returned Soldiers
James Joseph Kelaher is reported missing following the attack on Hill 60. A court of enquiry held on 21 January 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir determined that he had been killed in action on 22 August 1915. James’ brother, Bernard, was also a victim of the war.
The newly arrived 18th Battalion from NSW fails to break into the Turkish positions on Hill 60 at Gallipoli; almost half of the Battalion are casualties.