28 December 1917
- Roy Webster is welcomed home by “one of the largest gatherings over seen in Greghamstown”. Welcome to Pte Webster
- George Wall writes a very blunt letter “from somewhere in France” describing the fighting near Ypres. Interesting Soldier’s Letter – the Fight at Ypres. He declares:
You ask when is the war going to finish. Well, I don’t see any end in sight yet. You people in Australia have not the slightest idea what conditions over here are like. It is nothing but cold blooded murder, and I am full up of it….
…I think I told you about Messines being a terrible fight, but this last battle eclipses the lot. I never saw anything like it….
…We went into this battle 600 strong and came out of it with 170 men, so you can imagine what sort of a time we had. We were bombarded for sixty hours, and had our trenches blown to pieces.
- The family of Orange labourer Walter Newton observe the anniversary of his death in action. Roll of Honor