A large group of people gathered by a refreshment table in Sim’s Paddock, Nemingha, where an entire bullock had been spit-roasted for 20 hours. Members of the Volunteer Aid Detachment are noticable, as are two Australian Imperial Force officers and a number of soldiers, including a Gallipoli veteran identifiable by the brass “A” on his colour patch. GA Solomons, May 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
- Trevor Gerald Livingstone Flynn relates his experiences in the March to Freedom, a recruiting march from Armidale to Newcastle. He describes entering Nemingha near Tamworth, where “a roasted bullock was awaiting us, and the settlers turned out en masse, giving us the time of our lives”. March To Freedom
- The Leader reports that 450 local soldiers serving overseas will receive Christmas gifts this year. Soldiers’ Christmas Parcels
This entry was posted on May 17th, 2018.
Sidney Harold Tom Lister. Image courtesy thetreeofus.net
Sidney Harold Tom Lister was born in Orange on 11 October 1895. He was the ninth of eleven children born to Thomas Sydney Lister and his wife Emily Australia (nee Tom).
Sidney was the grandson of Bathurst pioneer John Hardman Lister, who was the publican of The Rocks Inn from 1846 until his accidental death in 1850. Sid’s uncle was John Lister who first discovered gold in the Orange district.
When Sidney was a young boy his family moved to Day Street in Marrickville, and he attended West Marrickville Public School.
When 21 year old Sidney enlisted in the First World War in July 1917 he was working for Sydney Railways as a booking clerk. Private Lister was assigned to the 17th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement and embarked from Sydney for overseas service on 31 October 1917.
Sidney disembarked in Devonport on 26 December 1917 and was marched in to the 5th Training Battalion at Fovant. On 1 April he proceeded to France and on 9 April was marched out to his unit at Beaumarais.
Private Lister survived just five weeks on the Western Front; he was killed in action on 14 May 1918, aged 22 years. He is buried at the Dive Copse British Cemetery at Sailly-le-Sec in France.
Sidney Harold Lister is commemorated on Marrickville War Memorial and on panel number 83 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Members of the 21st Reinforcements of the 17th Battalion. Sid Lister is in the back row on the far right. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
This entry was posted on May 16th, 2018.
A German Army 21cm Morser 16 howitzer and crew near Hollebeke, Belgium. May 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
This entry was posted on May 16th, 2018.
- The Leader reports the death in action of Walter Garnett Bennett, the 29th soldier from Millthorpe to die in action. Another Millthorpe Hero
- William McKenna of Forest Reefs learns than his son – William Patrick McKenna – is convalescing in Bath Hospital, England, after receiving a gunshot wound to the leg on the Western Front. Wounded In Action
- The Orange Town Hall is packed with people eager to support the provision of Christmas gifts to local soldiers on active service. Christmas Parcels
- The family of William Arthur Neal observe the anniversary of his death in action
This entry was posted on May 15th, 2018.
This entry was posted on May 14th, 2018.
- James Paull of Lords Place, convalescing in Cornwall, writes home to say that he has lost the sight of one eye and may well lose the other. He says that he would rather die fighting in France than be blind. Soldier’s Letter
- The Leader reports that Red Cross Day donations now stand at £3000 and anticipates that the total will reach £3500. Orange Red Cross Effort
This entry was posted on May 13th, 2018.
SS Inniscarra berthed at Penrose Quay c1915. Image courtesy Cork City Library.
- German submarine SM U-86 torpedoes the British passenger liner Inniscarra 19km south east of Ballycotton Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The Inniscarra sinks with the loss of all on board save the captain, the chief engineer and three seamen.
This entry was posted on May 12th, 2018.
This entry was posted on May 11th, 2018.
- The Leader reports that there are currently 10,000 men in the Calare electorate who are eligible for war service. Eligibles In The West
- The Leader reports on Red Cross Day in Orange, claiming: “there has never been such a magnificent concentrated effort in Orange on behalf of any charity or patriotic movement as that which was made yesterday”. The fundraising effort so far stands at £2500.
This entry was posted on May 10th, 2018.
- Day 1380 of the war
- Red Cross Day in Orange
This entry was posted on May 9th, 2018.