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17 April 1916

By April 17, 2016November 27th, 2018No Comments
  • Day 615 of the war
  • Alexander Murray Woods enlists. Alexander is commemorated on the Centenary of WWI in Orange Honour Roll; he would die of wounds in France on 10 August 1918.
  • Mabel Barnes of Yorktown South Australia discovers a message in bottle on a beach near Port Moorowie. The message was written by Private Reginald Nancarrow of Orange whilst en route to Egypt. The bottle also contains a letter to Reg’s father, which Mabel forwards on. A Voice from the Sea
  • Italian soldiers blow up Austrian positions on the 2,462m high peak of Col di Lana in the Dolomite Mountains. The Loss of the Col di Lana Peak
  • The people of Orange begin to donate money to the Anzac Day committee. The committee hopes to establish a home for returned soldiers to enjoy “the recuperative qualities of the Orange climate.” Anzac Day
  • German forces are repulsed at Douaumont, but gain footing in Bois de Chaudefour salient in the Battle of Verdun
  • Russian troops occupy the abandoned city of Trebizond on the shores of the Black Sea
  • British forces in German East Africa launch an attack on Kondoa Irangi