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King Albert I of Belgium and General Hubert Gough, Commander of the Fifth Army, at the entrance to an old German dug-out near Ginchy, May 1917. An officer in the background is inspecting a German helmet. Lieutenant Ernest Brooks. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 2176).

  • The Second Battle of Bullecourt ends on the Western Front. The Allied line has advanced just one kilometre and the AIF has sustained 7,482 casualties. Nineteen of the dead are from the Orange district.
  • King Albert I of Belgium visits the Somme, Ancre and Arras battlefields
  • Honduras severs diplomatic relations with Germany
  • The British Admiralty, following on a Cabinet decision, appoints a Committee to draw up a plan to convoy merchant shipping in conjunction with the Ministry of Shipping