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Gassed Australian soldiers awaiting medical attention at the Dressing Station at White Chateau, near Villers-Bretonneux, France. 27 May 1918. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • German forces on the Western Front launch an intense artillery bombardment on Allied positions at Chemin des Dames signalling the beginning of the Third Battle of the Aisne. Some two million shells are fired in just four hours, shattering Allied lines and enabling the enemy to advance almost 21 kilometres – the single biggest advance since the beginning of trench warfare in 1914. Fighting continues to 6 June, by which time French casualties number 98,000, British 29,000; German 130,000.
  • The Leader reports that 1500 schoolchildren and many residents attended the Empire Day celebrations at Robertson Park in Orange despite the miserably cold weather. Empire Day Local Celebrations
  • The Rev RH Kelly proposes that an honour roll be erected at Millthorpe Public School. Public School Honour Roll
  • Percy Joseph Martin recounts how a copy of the Leader saved his life on the Somme battlefield. The Leader at the Front