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Why should we murmur, short-sighted and vain,
Since death to our loved one is undying gain

  • Walter Higman’s mother and sisters publish a commemoration to him in the Leader. Roll of Honour
  • The Red Cross confirms that Edmund Kension Augustine Hyland of Euchareena has been captured and is a prisoner of war in Germany. Euchareena
  • The people of Millthorpe present Austin Herbert Edmonds with an inscribed gold medal and a purse of sovereigns prior to his departure for the front. Presentation to Trooper Austin Edmonds
  • Harold Cassidy of Anson Street writes home to say that he been in France for twelve months now and has made a few £2 bets that the war will be over by the end of August

What, oh! for the time, when one can wash, bathe, shave, and shave daily. One does not appreciate these benefits in civilian life, but this war has taught us all wonders—how to appreciate things by finding out we never knew when we were well off.

  • Mr AN White of the Victorian Field Artillery Brigade attends a recruiting meeting in Orange with a display of weapons from the Somme. The weapons include a German Cat-o’-5-Tails: “a brutal and criminal instrument of torture” and the Newton Pippin Rifle Grenade: “a remarkably accurate and terrible instrument which scatters the Huns in all directions”. Mr AN White at Orange Recruiting Meeting
  • Eleftherios Venizelos returns to Athens and succeeds Alexandros Zaimis as Prime Minister. He severs diplomatic relations with Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey; a state of war is declared on the Central Powers.

Eleftherios Venizelos returns to Athens, 27 June 1917. Image courtesy Agence Rol – Bibliothèque Nationale de France.