23 February 1917
- “Win the War League Day” is observed in Australia to raise funds for the war effort and boost home service
- Thomas Cornish returns to Orange from Egypt, suffering shell-shock and exhaustion. Personal
- Private William Francis Johns of the 1st Light Horse Regiment describes the capture of El Arish in a letter to his family in Orange. His troop rode overnight for 13 hours, entering the Turkish outpost at daybreak. Soldiers’ Letters – El Arish. William Johns’ horse previously belonged to Edgar Roy Stanford; Johns acquired the much coveted mount following Stanford’s death in August 1915.
- Private Bennett of the 13th Battalion, a patient in Randwick Military Hospital, provides a moving account of how soldiers become desensitised to the many horrors of war, and describes his encounter with John Patrick Hamilton, Orange’s first VC winner. Stories of War – The Unfelt Wound
- German forces on the Western Front begin to withdraw to the Hindenburg Line, a stronger, reinforced defensive position. Germans Begin Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line
- British and Indian forces reoccupy Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia; the Turks retreat towards Baghdad
- British troops at Sannaiyat in Mesopotamia storm and take the third and fourth line of Turkish trenches
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