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Life belt parade aboard the troopship HMAT Euripides, Denver Wood Wansey, c1914-1919. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • Orange grocer, Charles Thomas Boyle, reports that Australian troops en route to England have been instructed to wear life belts 24 hours a day, such is the threat of being torpedoed. Soldiers’ Letters – Charlie Boyle a “John Hop”
  • The Leader publishes Today’s Casualty List; it includes casualties from Orange, Manildra and Molong
  • William Papworth writes from England to say that the winter is the coldest since 1886, and that he has been attempting ice skating. Pte W Papworth’s Experiences
  • The Leader reports that John Skeen, formerly of Millthorpe has been killed in action in France. Killed In Action
  • The US House of Representatives votes in favour of war by 373 votes to 50, formally announcing the entrance of the United States into the First World War. The first contingent of 14,000 US troops landed in France on 26 June. More than two million American soldiers served in WWI; 50,000 of them lost their lives. The United States Declares War on Germany
  • The USA proceeds to detain German ships in American ports
  • French forces on the Western Front start to bombard German positions east of Vauxaillon to the north of Reims