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DIGGER “Dedicated to Digger Heritage”
Above: Sapper Rupert Gordon Moremon, 6 th BGROC. Courtesy Gai Swales.
December 2017 No. 61
Magazine of the Families and Friends of the First AIF Inc
Edited by Graeme Hosken
DIGGER 76 Issue 61
‘Dedicated to Digger Heritage’
The purpose of the FFFAIF is to commemorate the service, sacrifice, courage and
suffering of the First Australian Imperial Force of the Great War 1914-1918 and of their
families and friends.
DIGGER 61 Contents
th MG Coy/4
Cpl 2024A Stanley Woolbank, 45 th
Bn, letters and news items, found on Trove 8-11 Sister Hilda Mary Knox, AANS, Heather (Frev) Ford 12-15 E/R Sgt John Wicks, AIF Canteens, found on Trove, research by Graeme Hosken 15 The O’Connor brothers of Collie: George, Michael, Patrick and Edward, Margo Piggott 16-19 Pte 2029 James Antcliff, 36
th Bn Emeritus Prof. John Ramsland 20-25
Dvr 2102 Oliver Courtney, 4 th
Light Horse Field Ambulance, Greg Swinden 26-28 My three Digger uncles: Jim and Fred Harvey, Mac Smith, Judith Green 29 Memories of Polygon Wood, ‘Barb’, 51st Bn 30-31 Extract from French newspaper found in 4
th MG Bn unit diary, contrib. by Greg Knight 31
Pte 2722 Rupert Donaldson, 2 nd
& 54 th
Bns, Graeme Hosken and Malcolm Donaldson 32-33 Boy-buglers of the AIF, Graeme Hosken 34-40 Commemorations of the Centenary of 3
rd Ypres, Johan Durnez with Geoff Lewis 41
Capt Gordon Coghill MC, 35 th
Bn, contrib. by Bill Durrant 42 Differing views on the Battle of Passchendaele, ‘Dig’ and ‘Fifth Army’, found on Trove 43-44 Battle on the Menin Road, Cpl 3097 Alfred Gray MSM, 5th Pnrs, found on Trove 44 Letters from Gallipoli: Pte Garnet Rundle, 12
th Bn, found on Trove 45-50
Cpl 566 James Smith MM, 4 th
MG Bn, and the Battle of Hamel, Greg Knight 51-54 The Road to Passchendaele, Emeritus Prof. John Ramsland 55-59 A ration party, Unknown soldier-author, found on Trove, contrib. by Bill Durrant 60-61 Spr 145 Rupert Moremon, 6
th BGROC, Graeme Hosken 61
Lieut John Davidson MC, 1 st LHR, ICC, 15
th LHR, contrib. by Rob Davidson 62-63
Cpl 165 A Stranger, 32 nd
Bn, & his father, Sgt 872 T Stranger, 5 th
BGROC, Stephen Brooks 63 For Valour: Australian VC recipients 1918 (Part 1: March to May), Geoff Lewis 64-70 2018 Battle of the Lys Centenary at Merris and Vieux Berquin, John Payne 70 Keeping their Memory Alive (seven soldiers from Chinchilla), Graeme Hosken 71-72 The fight for Passchendaele, L/Cpl 2865 William Murray, 39
th Bn, found on Trove 73-74
‘Fun at the Front’: account of a DAC mule race, 23rd Battalion unit diary 74 Regular features
Trench Talk and Contact/Membership details 2 Etched in Stone, Russell Curley and Jim Corkery 75
DIGGER is printed in Dubbo by the Colour Copy Shop For a top quality printing job at a great price, wherever you live, contact
Aaron McMillan by e-mail: print@colourcopy.co
or phone: 02 6884 5577
or visit the Colour Copy Shop website: www.colourcopy.co
FFFAIF website: www.fffaif.org.au. Also find us on Facebook. Membership/subscription enquiries: Via website or phone 02 6882 6270.
Direct correspondence to: FFFAIF Inc, PO Box 4245, FORSTER NSW 2428.