This week, the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate reported that 4700 Hunter Valley men and women enlisted in the Australian defence forces and nursing service up to the beginning of this week one hundred years ago. Again, most were allotted to the soon to be formed ‘Newcastle’s Own,’ the 35th Battalion.
List 119 contains 329 names: 11 were killed in notion, seven died of wounds, and nine of illness. There are 65 reported wounded, 10 severely wounded, 198 ill, eight seriously ill, eight dangerously ill, and seven injured. List 120 contains 208 names: three killed in action, 10 died of wounds, and eight of illness. There are 22 reported wounded, two seriously wounded, 141 ill, five seriously ill, 12 dangerously ill, one prisoner of war, and four the nature of whose casualty is not known. List 121 contains 346 names: five died of wounds and one of injuries. There are 58 reported wounded, 27 severely wounded, two dangerously wounded, 16 missing, 191 ill, 28 seriously ill, 14 dangerously ill, three injured, and one the nature of whose casualty is unknown. List 122 contains 191 names: two were killed in action, 23 died of wounds, one accidentally killed, and 16 of illness. There are 78 reported ill, 18 seriously ill, 17 dangerously ill, 28 wounded, two severely wounded, three missing, and three injured.
Instructions received from headquarters regarding soldiers' parcels are: 1. Parcels must not weigh more than three pounds apiece. 2. A list of contents must be given with each parcel. 3. If packed in tins they must not be soldered down. 4. Parcels must be tightly packed, strongly tied up, and covered with good strong calico, on which the full address must be plainly written. For insurance 1s is charged for each parcel sent. Owing to rough weather at the Dardanelles and transport to the trenches, it is always advisable to pack soldier's parcels in tins.
NEWS OF THE DAY
The residents of Dungog are presenting a machine gun to the military authorities. This is the first presentation of its kind made in Australia. Mr W.J. Brown, who is closely associated with the movement for raising the funds for the gun, and with whom the idea originated, has worked hard to achieve success. The necessary money, £120, is now practically raised, and the gun is to be made at Walsh Island.
AUSTRALIA'S CALL FOR MEN
The scheme for the enlistment of the 50,000 troops required for the new force which Australia intends to send to the assistance of the Allies, in whichever of the theatres of war their presence may be considered desirable, is gradually being put into a fairly reasonable form. The terms in which the proposals were first issued were such as to cause much dissatisfaction. Local committees were to interview men who did not agree to enlist, and apparently to reason with them, and finally to send their refusals to the War Committee. The matter was practically left to the tact of the members of the local committees, which might easily be overcome by their desire to ensure a large and speedy response to the nation's call. This, as we pointed out before, if it does not amount to conscription in a legal sense, is really a form of moral conscription. There is little doubt but what the majority of our young men are prepared to give the desired answer. Many are already preparing to make very great sacrifices in order to serve their country.
AT THE DARDANELLES
A Turkish communique admits that there has been naval activity in the Dardanelles by the Allies, and that vigorous attacks have been launched by the British against the Turkish centre and left.
Out of 11 volunteers that presented themselves at the Newcastle Recruiting Depot yesterday, eight were accepted. The number of recruits in camp at Broadmeadow yesterday was 382. Mr. Campbell Carmichael, M.P., who is making a special effort to raise a battalion of riflemen, 1000 strong, will visit Newcastle at the end of the week, and on Saturday evening will address a meeting in front of the Post Office.
ENLISTMENTS FOR THE WEEK
Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, Blandford; Edwin Allen, Raymond Terrace; Clyde Anderson, Greta; Vincent Lawrence Andrews, Abermain; Jack Wilfred Armitage, Scone; John William Armstrong, Newcastle; George Sylvester Ashton, West Maitland; Albert Ernest Ayerst, Wickham; John Ayre, Tighes Hill; Julian Peter Barling, Allynbrook; Peter Barrass, Minmi; Harold Beaird, Minmi; Edward John Beard, Newcastle; George Bird, Weston; Edward Lomas Bird, Holmesville; Knight Bedford Bithrey, Barrington; Frederick Bowers, West Wallsend; James Brierley, West Wallsend; John Brogan, Teralba; George James Brown, Newcastle; James Vincent Brown, Wickham; William Brown, West Wallsend; John Thomas Brownbridge, Waratah; Herbert James Brunker, Waratah; Richard Harold Bullen, Telarah; William Campbell, West Wallsend; James Robert Charlton, Carrington; Samuel Clough, Kurri Kurri; Samuel Jackson Dale, Tighes Hill; John Dallas, Newcastle; James Samuel Daniels, Kurri Kurri; Bernard Reginald D'Arcy, Hamilton; Evan Archibald Davies, East Kurri Kurri; George Davies, The Junction; Wilfred Denton, Adamstown; Sydney Dobson, Kurri Kurri; Sam Earnshaw, West Wallsend; Walter John Edmonds, Branxton; George Ellis, Newcastle; William James Evans, Wallsend; John Alexander Farinden, Swansea; Harold Augustus Foy, Merewether; Frederick Fredrickson, Newcastle; Albert Edward Gardner, Carrowbrook; John William Gilmore, Weston; Edward James Heath, Newcastle; John Henderson, Broadmeadow; Frederick Hill, Scone; John Edward Hoff, Wallsend; Benjamin Charles Hopton, Adamstown; William Horne, Killingworth; George Martin Hughes, Carrington; Thomas Humphreys, Holmesville; James Inman, Tighes Hill; George Thomas Jackson, Minmi; Clifford Arthur Jacobs, Branxton; Albert Victor Johnson, Karuah; Joseph Arnold Jones, Merewether; Albert Andrew Jones, Newcastle; Robert John Kay, Rutherford; William John Kembrey, Weston; Thomas Lamont, Kurri Kurri; Harold Francis Laver, Wickham; James Liddle Lewis, Carrington; Arthur Harold Lindsay, Bolwarra; Thomas Malcolm, Hebburn; Walter Thomas Marshall, Newcastle; Christian Lawrence Marshall, Cooranbong; Thomas Frederick McCormack, Branxton; Bruce Gray McKenzie, East Maitland; Donald Lincoln McKenzie, East Maitland; George McLean, Smedmore; Percy Mellor, Kurri Kurri; William Merritt, Holmesville; John Moffat, West Wallsend; Thomas Murnane, Minmi; William Murnane, Minmi; Charles Robert Newton, Smedmore; Malcolm Manly Ogilvie, Islington; Svere Alsfons Olsen, Weston; William Orchard, Kurri Kurri; Roy Gladstone Pain, West Maitland; Joseph Adam Palmer, Raymond Terrace; Harold Victor Penfold, Kurri Kurri; George William Perry, Boolaroo; John Pyne, Cessnock; Adam Dryle Ramage, Kurri Kurri; Arthur Sydney Randall, Bandon Grove; Thomas Emlyn Rees, South Cessnock; Samuel Geddes Reid, Smedmore; Herbert Rhodes, Boolaroo; William Richardson, Pitt Town; Henry Hope Ridley, Abermain; Ernest Victor Ritchie, Weston; William Robertson, Cooks Hill; Richard Frederick Rodden, Merewether; Thomas Rose, Clarencetown; Moses Rowbottom, Young Wallsend; Edgar Harold Sadler, Horseshoe Bend; William Arthur Savage, Raymond Terrace; James Harper Scott, Greta; Harry Vernon Seale, East Maitland; Andrew Frederick Shaw, Greta; George Sinnema, Wickham; Benjamin Gordon Smith, East Stockton; Hedley Hinton Smith, Carrowbrook; William Smith, Carrington; William Alfred Smith, Carrington; Walter Sneddon, Cessnock; Leslie James Soper, Dungog; John Robinson Southward, Adamstown; Frederick John Stapleton, Newcastle; Albert Stevens, Kurri Kurri; Anthony Strahan, Kurri Kurri; Harry Strutt, Carrington; William Smith Taylor, Weston; William Charles Thomson, Wickham; David Elderslie Thrift, Elderslie; Derrick Eric Tonks, Adamstown; Charles Ward, Parkville; Clarence Weismantel, Merewether; John Wells, Cessnock; Leonard David Williamson, South Singleton; James Tweedie Wilson, Kurri Kurri; Thomas Wilson, Weston; Oliver John Wright, Hebburn; Thomas Wright, Aberdeen; Harry Mostyn York, Singleton.
DEATHS FOR THE WEEK
Pte Theophilus Jones, Wallsend; Pte Sidney Torrington Allen, West Wallsend.
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