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4 April 1917

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  • The Leader reports the death in France of 45 year old father of four, William John Rae, formerly of Orange. Personal
  • Orange stock agent John Bridge and Company donates £12 from the sale of a bull to the Returned Soldiers Patriotic Fund
  • The US Senate votes in favour of war by 82 votes to 6
  • British soldiers on the Western Front capture Metz-en-Couture, near Cambrai, as French troops south of St Quentin capture three villages
  • German zeppelin L-43 attacks HMAS Sydney, HMS Dublin and four destroyers on patrol in the North Sea. Captain JS Dumaresq of HMAS Sydney later reports: ‘The gunnery officers of Sydney and Dublin made very good shooting with the HA guns, keeping the airship at such a height as to make her bomb dropping inaccurate’. HMAS Sydney was the first ship of the RAN to be subjected to an air attack.

HMAS Sydney. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.