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Australian soldiers at Eaucourt L’Abbaye on the Somme, February 1917. The soldier on the right has donned sandbags in an attempt to combat the mud and damp. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • The Leader publishes the 271st Casualty List. Cargo Road farmer, George Wren Murray, who was seriously ill with appendicitis has been discharged from the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Brighton, England, and has now returned to duty.
  • Friends of Walter Stewart Murray gather at Fairy Burn, Cargo Road, to bid him farewell prior to his departure for overseas service. Walter is the brother of George Wren Murray. Farewell to a Soldier
  • Irene Hawke of Pendarves, Byng, describes her work as a grenades inspector in the Munitions Inspection Department at Perranporth, England. She has had just one day off in the last five weeks, and needs to wear two pairs of gloves because the grenades are so cold and greasy. Miss Hawke in England – Orange Girl’s Experiences
  • Anson Street auctioneer and commission agent, Harold Cassidy, describes the devastation on the Western Front and the “mud up to your neck”. Scene of the Big Push
  • The Leader reports on the recent ceremony at Wolaroi Grammar School to pay tribute to schoolmaster Walter William Erickson, killed in action in France on 12 October 1916. In Memory of a Wolaroi Master
  • French forces east of the Meuse River repulse an enemy attack
  • German forces counter attack new British positions east of Sailly-Saillisel. They are repulsed.
  • The German Government admits to having prevented US Ambassador to Germany, James Watson Gerard, from communicating with the USA; Mr Gerard subsequently receives his passport.