TIMELINE April 1917

TIMELINE April 1917

Wednesday, 4 April 1917

Lance Corporal James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 3rd General Canadian Hospital at Bologne with a laceration to his right hand (accidental injury in March).

Friday, 6 April 1917

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion) was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Lance Corporal James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was promoted to full Corporal.

Saturday, 7 April 1917

Sapper Charles Arthur FINN (13th Field Company Engineers) was killed in action by a high explosive shell while conducting road maintenance and repairs in the vicinity of Baupame France. Sapper Finn was buried at the H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Sapper C. A. Finn, of Gilgandra killed in action (Newspaper unknown, ca. 1917)

Charles Alfred Finn’s headstone at H.A.C. Cemetery, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 6/9/2014)

Corporal James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was placed aboard the HS Princess Elizabeth for evacuation to England, and was admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital at Brighton the same day.

Monday, 9 April 1917

Trooper Francis Noel WHITE (6th Light Horse Regiment) arrived in Australia aboard the NZ Transport Willochra.

Wednesday, 11 April 1917

Private Thomas ANDERSON (13th Battalion) was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his right hand in the Battle of Bullecourt in France.

Private Reginald Arthur COWELL (4th Division Light Trench Mortar Battery) was wounded in action with a shrapnel wound to his face in the Battle of Bullecourt in the vicinity of Bullecourt.

Private R. A. Cowell (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate 19/1/1918)

Private Allan COLQUHOUN (13th Battalion) was reported missing in action during the Battle of Bullecourt (he was captured and later reported to be a prisoner of war).

Allan Colquhoun (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 16/11/1918)

Private Stanley Everard STEPHENS (13th Battalion) was killed in action during the Battle of Bullecourt. He was initially one of 367 reported missing on this day – a court of enquiry later officially reported him killed in action.  He has no known grave. His name is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Stanley Everard Stephens (Photograph courtesy of M. Stephens)

Private Stephen’s name on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 7/9/2014)

Private Thomas JACKSON (13th Battalion) was wounded in action near Bullecourt, France, in the Battle of Bullecourt, receiving shrapnel wounds to his face and neck.

Private Robert Clyde CAMPBELL (13th Battalion) was wounded in action in the vicinity of Reincourt during the Battle of Bullecourt on the Hindenburg Line, receiving a gunshot wound to his left arm.

Private John Hole SAUNDERS (13th Battalion) was sent to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance suffering Asthma.

Private J. H. Saunders (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate 27/5/1916)

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion) was wounded in action receiving a shrapnel wound to his left leg in the vicinity of Noreuil in the Battle of Bullecourt.

Thursday, 12 April 1917

Private Robert Clyde CAMPBELL (13th Battalion) was admitted to the 6th General Hospital at Rouen.

Friday, 13 April 1917

Private Thomas JACKSON (13th Battalion) was admitted to the 11th Stationary Hospital at Rouen.

Private Sidney BENNETT (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 16th Field Ambulance with Scabies.

Sidney Bennett (Photograph courtesy of his grand-daughters D. Ayers and J. Pemberton)

Private Thomas ANDERSON (13th Battalion) was admitted to the 1st General Hospital (GSW right hand).

Private Reginald Arthur COWELL (4th Division Light Trench Mortar Battery)  was admitted to the 1st General Hospital in France [shrapnel wound to his face, and he was discharged on 28th April, and sent to the 4th Australian Division Base Depot at Le Havre).

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 1st General Hospital at Rouen.

Saturday, 14 April 1917

Private Thomas JACKSON (13th Battalion) was admitted to the  2nd Convalescent Depot at Rouen.

Sunday, 15 April 1917

Private Robert Clyde CAMPBELL (13th Battalion) was moved to the 2nd Convalescent Depot at Rouen.

Monday, 16 April 1917

Private Leo Ambrose STINSON (20th Battalion) was wounded in action in the front line near Lagnicourt in France, receiving a gunshot wound to his back and right arm.

Tuesday, 17 April 1917

Private Leo Ambrose STINSON (20th Battalion) was admitted to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen.

Thursday, 19 April 1917

Trooper William ALSTON (1st Anzac Battalion of the Imperial Camel Brigade) was wounded in action, with a gunshot wound to his left arm and foot, outside Gaza in Palestine, during an attack.

William Alston on the occasion of his marriage to Miss. I. Quinton, sister of Coo-ee Victor Quinton, at Gilgandra, 1923 (Photograph courtesy of Dell Tschanter)

Private Thomas ANDERSON (13th Battalion) placed aboard the HS Londonderry for evacuation to England (gunshot wound right hand).

Friday, 20 April 1917

Private Percy George BROWN (54th Battalion) was admitted to the 11th Stationary Hospital at Rouen, France, with Influezna.

Trooper William ALSTON (1st Anzac Battalion of the Imperial Camel Brigade)  was admited to the 54th Casualty Clearing Station at El Arish in Egypt.

Private Thomas ANDERSON (13th Battalion) admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham, England (gunshot wound right hand).

Saturday, 21 April 1917

Private Samuel LUKE (4th Pioneer Battalion) was killed in action by a high explosive shell during the Battle of Bullecourt in the vicinity of Vaulx-Vraucourt, France. He was buried in the Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France.

Samuel Luke’s headstone at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson, 6/9/2014)

Private Bernard COYTE (13th Battalion) was placed aboard the Hospital Ship St George for evacuation to England suffering a slight debility.

Bernard Coyte, ca. 1915 (Photograph: Australian War Memorial P09199.001)

Private Thomas JACKSON (13th Battalion) was discharged and sent to the 4th Australian Division Depot at Le Havre.

Corporal James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was discharged from hospital in England and granted leave.

Private John Hole SAUNDERS (13th Battalion) was sent to the 56th Casualty Clearing Station in France (Asthma).

Sunday, 22 April 1917

Trooper William ALSTON (1st Anzac Battalion of the Imperial Camel Brigade) was admitted to the 36th Stationery Hospital at Mahendia in Egypt.

Private Robert Clyde CAMPBELL (13th Battalion) was moved to the 11th Convalescent Depot at Buchy in France.

Monday, 23 April 1917

Private Bernard COYTE (13th Battalion) was admitted to the Lewisham Military Hospital in England.

Private John Hole SAUNDERS (13th Battalion) was sent to the 11th Stationary Hospital at Rouen (Asthma).

Tuesday, 24 April 1917

Private Percy George BROWN (54th Battalion) was moved to the 11th Convalescent Depot in France.

Wednesday, 25 April 1917

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion) was placed aboard a hospital ship for evacuation to England (shrapnel wound to his left leg).

Thursday, 26 April 1917

Private John Hole SAUNDERS (13th Battalion) was discharged from hospital and sent to the 4th Australian Divison Base Depot at Le Havre.

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital at Bristol in England.

Friday, 27 April 1917

Private Thomas Walter DOWD (19th Battalion) was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Saturday, 28 April 1917

Gunner Charles Alfred HAMPSON (10th Field Artillery Brigade) was killed in action during the Battle of Bullecourt. Gunner Hampson was buried in the H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Charles Alfred Hampson’s headstone at H.A.C. Cemetery, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 6/9/2014)

Sunday, 29 April 1917

Private Leo Ambrose STINSON (20th Battalion) was evacuated by the hospital ship Warilda to England.

Monday, 30 April 1917

Private Leo Ambrose STINSON (20th Battalion) was admitted to the 5th Southern General Hospital at Portsmouth, England with gun shot wound to the right arm and back.

Private Bernard COYTE (13th Battalion) was transferred to the Bermondsey Ladywell Hospital in England.

Private Thomas JACKSON (13th Battalion) returned from hospital to his Battalion.

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