William Ernest (Bill) Bouffler, Mayor of Orange 1918-1919. Image courtesy Orange City Library.
Day 1310 of the war
Ald William Edwin McNeill completes his term of office as mayor of Orange; he is succeeded by William Ernest (Bill) Bouffler
Recruiting commences for the RAN Brigade (RANB) Naval Guard Section. Recruits were ex Navy or Army personnel who were used to guard Naval dockyards, wharves and shipping in Australian ports. The Naval Guard Section would be demobilized in late 1919; in 1920 RANB personnel formed part of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR).
Roy George Sterling, the son of Orange boxer George Sterling, is captured by German troops but manages to escape by employing some of his father’s deft moves. He sustains a gunshot wound to the hip in the process. Dad’s Straight Left
Oliver James Thorpe sends news from France. He says he is stationed in France near where his father was wounded. Soldiers’ Letters
Octavius Edward Thorpe, Oliver’s brother, also writes home to say that he and his colleagues are dressing 300 wounds daily. Still Doing His Bit
Joseph Henry Davis confides “the prospects of the war ending soon are very remote”. A Soldier’s Thanks
The 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade crossing John the Baptist Wilderness on their march from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, prior to capturing the city of Jericho, Frank Hurley, February 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
British troops supported by the Australian mounted cavalry and New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade capture the city of Jericho in Palestine after a three-day battle with Turkish troops. Allied Troops Capture Jericho
German submarine SM UC-71 torpedoes the British cargo boat Commonwealth in the North Sea 9.3 km north east of Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. The Commonwealth sinks, with the loss of fourteen of her crew.