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Captain William Henry Payne and despatch riders with the 1st Cavalry Divisional Signal Squadron, Mesopotamia, 1917. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • William Henry Payne enlists. William is commemorated on the Centenary of WWI in Orange Honour Roll; he would die of wounds in Baghdad on 10 December 1917.
  • The Leader reports the death of former Millthorpe boy, Denis Stinson. Pte Denis Stinson Killed in Action
  • Residents of Orange continue to support the Red Cross’s appeal for jam for soldiers serving overseas; a further 1000lbs (453 kilos) are ready for dispatch to Sydney. Red Cross Society
  • Lady Roberts’ Field Glass Fund in England appeals for more binoculars to be sent for the war effort. Field Glasses For The War
  • German soldiers on the Somme employ a flammenwerfer (flamethrower) to capture a British post south of Le Transloy; they take 30 prisoners
  • British troops east of Ypres raid enemy positions, and capture 114 prisoners
  • The British Admiralty adopts the following scale of weekly pensions for loss of limbs:
    • leg up to the hip 16s.
    • leg up to the thigh 14s.
    • leg above the knee 12s.6d.
    • leg below the knee 10s.6d.
    • right arm to the shoulder 16s.
    • left arm to the shoulder 15s.
    • right arm above or through elbow joint 14s.
    • left arm above or through elbow joint 13s.
    • right arm below the elbow 11s.6d.
    • left arm below the elbow 10s.6d.