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From: Stephen Hayes
To: All
Date: 2004-02-17 05:48:46
Subject: Old RSL Year Book 27

* Forwarded (from: GEN_BRITAIN) by Stephen Hayes using timEd/2 1.10.y2k.
* Originally from gwen (8:8/2002) to All.
* Original dated: Sun Feb 15, 22:45

From: "gwen" <gwenpt{at}>

This Article is taken from The Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial
League of Australia, Official Year Book of 1939. It is stamped 'Defence
Issue' and the price was 1/6, or 1 shilling and 6 pence in the old
pre-decimal currency. After World War 2 the RSSILA became the RSL - Returned
Services League.
Spelling is as in the original articles.

P 123 - 27
The casualties at the Gallipoli Landing - Australian, New Zealand and Roval
Naval Division - April 25 to May 3 - are given as 8,500 men, of whorn 2,300
were killed.
These do not include wounded who were not evacuated. The R.N.D. casualties
totalled 600.
The Australian losses on the first day, April 25, were considerably in
excess of 2,000.
The Monthly evacuations at Anzac, were: -
August 1915 (Heavy Fighting)   Sick  12,968  Wounded  30,585
September 1915      22,209    3,639
October 1915       21,991    2,620
Between August 7, 1915, and September 8, 52,213 sick and wounded passed
through the lines of communication.
Conducted by the A.A.M.C. the Result of an Examination of Fit Troops (?) in
firing line at Anzac disclosed:   77%, Emaciated and Anaemic.
    78%, Intermittent Diarrhoea.
    64%, Indolent uleers of the skin.

P 123 - 27
Probably the first Australian killed in the War was Able Seaman W. G. V.
Williams, of the Naval Reserve, Naval and Military Expeditionary Force,
which proceeded to German New Guinea in 1914. He was mortally wounded on the
Bitapaka Road in the advance from Kababaul against Herbertshohe (now Kokopo)
and Rabaul on September 11, 1914.
Captain B. C. A. Pockley, A.A.M.C., died the same day as the resalt of
wounds sustained in the same action. This officer gave his fleil Cross
brassard to Leading Stoker W. Kember, who was carrying Williaims.
It is impossible, to accurately record the first Gallipoli casualties. They
were almost certainly members of the "B" and "A"
Companies, 9th Btn, and "B"
and "C" Companies of the 10th Btn.
Captain W. R. Annear, 11th Battalion, who was shot in the head while lying
on the plateau above Ari Burnu Knoll, was the first Australian officer to be
killed in action on Gallipoli.
The War Historian, Dr. C. E. W. Bean, has written:
"It may justifiably be assumed that Lieutenant Chapman, 9th Battalion, was
the first man ashore." Many men were killed or mortally wounded in the tows
before there were beached.
In France the first A.I.F. casualties are recorded as Sgt. H. Robinson, Bdr.
W. M. Klintworth and Gnr. A. E. Morgan of the 2nd Aust. Seige Battery,
killed in action in front of Mont St. Eloi on March 15, 1916

Regards  Gwen

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