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From: Stephen Hayes
To: All
Date: 2004-02-17 05:49:14
Subject: Old RSL Year Book 30

* 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 135 - 30
The first shot in the Great War was fired on the morning of  August 4, 1914,
by A.2 Battery of the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, Fort Nepean, Port
Phillip Heads, Victoria (commanded by Captain Williams).
The German merchant steamermear "Pfalz" (later the Australian liner
 "Boorara") left Melbourne in great haste believing that hostilities were
imminent and raced for the Heads, 40 miles distant.
In the meantime war had been declared, and as she cleared the entrance of
Port Phillip the Nepean Battery fired a shot across her bows which caused
her to stop and return. The officers and crew of
the captured vessel were later interned.
The honour of firing the, first shot by- the British Arrny in the Great War
belongs to "C" Squadron of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
commanded by
Capt. C. B. Hornby.
Engaging Uhlans on the main. road towards Soignes, north of Mons , on August
22, 1914, Corporal Thomas fired the first shot.
Captain Hornby ran a German officer through the neck with his sword, being
the first British officer to draw blood.
The Squadron captured. three men of the 4th Cuirassiers and Capt. Hornby was
awarded the D.S.O.
No. 4 Gun, E Battery R.H.A., fired the first shell in France on August 22,
1914, a few hours after the initial clash between the 4th (Royal Irish)
Dragoon Cuards and the 4th Cuirassiers. No. 4 Gun was continuously in action
until the, end of the war, and never required relining or alteration of any
kind. At Armistice in 1918 it was found to be shooting with greater accuracy
than several newer guns. The, famous piece is now in the Imperial War
Museum, London.

P 142 - 30
Sixty-eight soldiers were promoted from the ranks to commissions in the 16th
Battalion A.I.F., Goldfields' Regiment, WA What unit can beat that record?

P 145 - 30
Australian Soldiers to the number of 90,505 and Sisters totalling 1,780 have
no dependent children. Dependant children of the Australian ex-service men
and women total 339,652, only 97 being the issue of Returned Army Nursing
Forty-seven Diggers have, each, 10 or more dependent children. The majority,
41,876, have two offspring.
One ex-Sister has five kiddies, two more than any

P 147 - 30
The first "gas" attack was at Ypres, against the 13th Royal Canadian
Highlanders on the left of the British line, and a coloured French regt., on
April 22, 19115.

Regards  Gwen

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