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Stretcher bearers struggle through deep mud on the Western Front, 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 5935).

  • Day 955 of the war
  • George Lyons, a labourer from Euchareena, is killed in action in France
  • The Leader reports that 21 year old George Henry Bruce from Dripstone was killed in action in France on 7 February 1917. Personal
  • The Leader reports that Stephen Harold Perry has been wounded in action in France. Stephen was one of the first men in Orange to volunteer for war service; he enlisted on 18 August 1914. Lieut Steve Perry Wounded
  • Frederick Albert Williamson of Cheeseman’s Creek sends news from the Western Front. He describes the weather as atrocious and says:

Of late we have been fighting in mud up to our waist … I have lost nearly all my old comrades – new faces wherever one looks – but we are all brothers together, and one is at home anywhere. I am sure, father, when the time comes and they let us return home, and I tell all of you the narrow escapes I have had, they will make your hair rise. All Brothers Together – An Optimistic Soldier

  • The people of Orange continue to support the Red Cross Society’s appeal for jam for soldiers overseas. A further 907 kilos has been dispatched to Sydney, bringing the total from Orange to 2 tons – 2,032 kilos. Red Cross Society
  • Protests continue in the Russian capital of Petrograd
  • French soldiers on the Western Front repulse attacks in Champagne and north of Bois des Caurieres