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1 February 1918

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  • The Leader publishes the latest casualty list which includes the death of George Murray of Manildra
  • Sergeant William Francis Johns’ mount is mortally wounded by shrapnel near Jerusalem. The horse was previously owned by Edgar Roy Stanford, who was offered the animal by the Dalton family upon his enlistment. William took on the horse after Edgar died from wounds received at Gallipoli. Sergt W Johns
  • One hundred couples attend the fundraiser for the newly formed Returned Soldiers’ Club at the Oddfellows’ Hall. Euchre Party and Dance
  • East Orange baker, Arnold George Cockett, downplays his war wounds. The Soldiers’ Dance

Perhaps you have heard that I had a bit of an argument with one of Fritz’s shells — an argument in which I came off second best. However, there was very little damage done — only succeeded in burying me, and bruising my chest and shoulder etc. — a small matter of a six weeks’ rest in hospital. I am beginning to be-come an expert dancer now. We have a lot of practice these days. Half one’s time is spent in waltzing up and down duck boards, and if I had a more amiable partner than a rifle or Lewis gun, and if the music was a wee bit sweeter than the hum of machine gun bullets, I would have an extra high time.