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His Majesty King George V, knighting Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps Commander, at the Corps Headquarters, Chateau de Bertangles, 12 August 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • Day 1475 of the war
  • King George V travels to John Monash’s battlefield headquarters at Chateau de Bertangles in France to knight him following his recent success in the Battle of Amiens
  • Orange cordial maker Joseph Dempsey dies of wounds in France
  • Nurse Agnes Ellen Dwyer writes from Salonika to thank Summer Street newsagent, Mrs Earles, for her weekly parcel of newspapers. Personal
  • Rowland George Roberts sends news from Palestine:

Just a few lines while the barrel is cooling. I have just been through what you might very well term a bit of hell let loose, but I am pleased to be able to say I am still in the land of the living. I came through without a scratch, but, by jove, a chap wants a great deal of luck at times to pull through … The heat is excessive. The temperature is 120 degrees in the shade every day. We are near water now, but during the stunt we were very short. I must close, as the flies are too bad for me to write any more.