A large crowd gathers at Orange Railway Station to welcome home William John McMaster and William Henry Collins from France. Both soldiers have been invalided home, each having lost a leg on the battlefield. Welcome Home
The Sunday Times publishes two articles about the heroic deeds of the Australian Light Horse Brigade. One describes the bravery and subsequent death of former Orange clergyman William James Dunbar. The Heroic Padre
Former Orange salesman, Augustus Bargwanna describes food rationing in England in a letter home. On Leave In London
In its first major offensive of the war, the American army attacks and captures the German strongpoint of Cantigny, taking 100 prisoners. The US 1st Division’s 28th Infantry Regiment suffers 1,067 casualties in the process.
Cooks of the 27th Battalion B Company with their pet bunnies, duckling and kitten aka “The Royal Family”, Ribemont, France, 28 May 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
Gassed Australian soldiers awaiting medical attention at the Dressing Station at White Chateau, near Villers-Bretonneux, France. 27 May 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
German forces on the Western Front launch an intense artillery bombardment on Allied positions at Chemin des Dames signalling the beginning of the Third Battle of the Aisne. Some two million shells are fired in just four hours, shattering Allied lines and enabling the enemy to advance almost 21 kilometres – the single biggest advance since the beginning of trench warfare in 1914. Fighting continues to 6 June, by which time French casualties number 98,000, British 29,000; German 130,000.
The Leader reports that 1500 schoolchildren and many residents attended the Empire Day celebrations at Robertson Park in Orange despite the miserably cold weather. Empire Day Local Celebrations
SS Kyarra. Image courtesy John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
German submarine UB-57 torpedoes the hospital ship Kyarra in the English Channel near Swanage. The Kyarra sinks, with the loss of six lives. Today the wreck is a popular diving site. Diving the Wreck of the Kyarra
High privilege—the right to give,
To help the stricken soldier live,
And nurture back to health anew
The men who gave so much for you;
To know that sigh shall yet arise
Within the wan and weary eyes,
And smiles shall once again be met
Where every smile had seemed to set.
Oh, give, for still the wounded fall,
And largest sums soon fade to small;
And give, for yet they need you aid
Where rights are won and heroes made;
To snatch brave lives from blood and murk,
Assist in mercy’s holy work;
To help the stricken soldier live.
Renew your right—the right to give.