MONDAY 8 MARCH 1915
General Sir John French has issued the following bulletin:-
The situation is unchanged. Minor enterprises are of daily occurrence, and they are usually due to our initiative south of the Ypres Canal.
The latest news regarding the Allies’ operations in the Dardanelles states that mine sweeping is completed as far as Chanak, to the south of Nagara.
British warships have resumed the bombardment of the forts at Smyrna.
The Queen Elizabeth fired twenty-nine rounds with satisfactory results, blowing up a magazine, which was important, being armed with the heaviest and best guns.
The Allies’ ships inside the Dardanelles were not hit, though they were much fired at. The Sapphire destroyed the military station at Tumeburna.
It is officially reported that an expeditionary force is concentrating in North Africa, ready to embark at a moment’s notice.
"The Times," in a leading article, on the gifts by the various Dominions to the British Red Cross, says that “while our gratitude goes out to all who have partaken therein, we have to pay a special tribute of admiration to the Australians for their signal efforts.”
A communique states:-
Operations in the Dardanelles were continued on Thursday. The trawlers, despite a gale dragged the straits for mines.
The French cruiser d’Entrecasteaux demolished the semaphore lighthouse.
The French battleship Jaureguiberry destroyed the oil depot.
The Turks and Germans, realising that they are powerless to prevent the allied fleet from ascending the Dardanelles, are hastily disarming some of the forts.
They are transporting the guns to Islands in the Sea of Marmora.
The civil population is insufficiently fed, and is murmuring against the Germans.
Fifty German officers have passed Bucharest, going towards Berlin.
The recruiting for the week showed a slight falling-off although the enlisting officers declare that they are satisfied with the way the men are turning up for enrolment.
Nearly one thousand were accepted during the week, and the most prominent feature was that the type of men offering was so good that the number of rejects was smaller than usual.
Amongst those selected were a Russian, who had served three years with his native army; a Frenchman, who had fought for his country; a Servian, and a Maori.
A large number of men have been applying by letter for a commission in the Expeditionary Forces.
It is laid down by the military authorities that the only way a man can become eligible for appointment is by enrolling in the ranks.
At the same time, application may be made for a commission, and the name will be placed on the list of applicants for the consideration of the District Selection Committee.
These may, on favourable report from the Depot Commandant, detail the selected person to attend a special school of instruction.
It may be added that only in exceptional cases will consideration be given to applicants under the age of 23.
During last week the Wallsend and Plattsburg branch of the Red Cross Society forwarded to the Newcastle depot twelve suits pyjamas, twelve flannel shirts, twelve pairs socks, six handkerchiefs, and six pillow slips.
Efforts are being made to raise funds to enable the branch to continue its work, and with that end in view a benefit picture show is to be given.
(From Embarkation Rolls)
AB Driver James Wallace Leslie Bell, Hamilton, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver George William Burgess, Carrington, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Driver George Burnside Cann, Waratah, 18th Infantry Battalion,
Artificer William Dewey, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Private Emlyn Britton Dickson, Cessnock, 19th Infantry Battalion
AB Driver William Thomas Fennell, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver Harry Franklin, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Private George Herbert Gurr, Dungog, 19th Infantry Battalion
Bugler Stanley William Herbert, Cooks Hill, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Warrant Officer Charles James, Lambton, 5th Australian Field Ambulance
Private Edward Denis Kendall, Singleton, 20th Infantry Battalion
AB Driver James Knox, Mayfield, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Petty Officer Roy Richard, Mason, Cooks Hill, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Seaman Thomas McDonnell, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver Kenneth McKenzie Robertson, Hamilton, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Chief Petty Officer Ernest Phillip Sanders, Cooks Hill, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Private Wallace Wilfroy Scobie, Oakhampton, 18th Infantry Battalion
AB Sapper Arthur Smith, Maitland, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver George William Spurr , Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver Charles Frederick Taylor, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver Stanley John Taylor, Plattsburg, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Driver Charles George Turner, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Petty Officer Artificer Albert Henry Wiggins, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AB Sapper William Francis Williams, Newcastle, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train