TIMELINE May 1917

TIMELINE May 1917

Thursday, 3 May 1917

Private Allan James DENMEAD (19th Battalion, Bathurst Coo-ee) was reported missing in action during an attack on the Hindenburg Line in the vicinity of Bullecourt, France, in the Second Battle of Bullecourt (he was later reported as killed in action on this day).

A.J. Denmead’s name on the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 7/9/2015)

Gunner Wilfred Ernest MCDONALD (4th Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, Wongarbon Coo-ee) was reported missing in action during the Second Battle of Bullecourt (he was later reported killed in action on this day) .

W. Hilton Saunders (left), Ernest May (centre), and Wilfred McDonald (right), at Dubbo, ca. Dec. 1915 (Photograph courtesy of Macquarie Regional Library)

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

Friday, 4 May 1917

Private Walter James GOODLET (4th Pioneer Battalion, Yetholme Coo-ee) departed England bound for Australia for medical discharge aboard the HT Themistocles [amputated arm].

Coo-ees Walter Goodlet (left) and James Birrell Dawson (right), both amputees. Photograph courtesy of James Dawson’s great grandson Jamie Stacey.

Private James Birrell DAWSON (54th Battalion, Lithgow Coo-ee) departed England aboard the HT Themistocles bound for Australia for medical discharge [right arm amputated – wounded in the Battle of Fromelles].

Private Louis Henry ATTENBOROUGH (4th Pioneer Battalion, Blayney Coo-ee) departed England aboard the H.T. Themistocles for medical discharge [deafness, senility and rheumatism, and overage].

Private James MCKEOWN (45th Battalion, Gilgandra Coo-ee) departed England aboard the H.T. Themistocles bound for Australia for medical discharge [cardiac insufficiency].

Private Robert Michael HICKEY (13th Battalion, Ashfield Coo-ee) departed England aboard the HMAT Runic bound for Australia for medical discharge[mitral incompetence].

Private Ernest Stephen TAYLOUR (45th Battalion, Parramatta Coo-ee) departed England aboard the HMAT Runic bound for Australia for medical discharge [shell shock].

Private Thomas William HASKETT (45th Battalion, Springwood Coo-ee) departed Devonport England aboard the HT Miltiades bound for Australia for medical discharge [chronic nephritis].

Sunday, 6 May 1917

Gunner Lightfoot Lamonby HAMPSON (10th Field Artillery Brigade, Lawson/Lithgow Coo-ee) was wounded in action during the Second Battle of Bullecourt, with shrapnel wounds to the face and  back, and was evacuated to the 23rd Field Ambulance.

Private Darcy KEATING (4th Battalion, Wellington Coo-ee) was wounded in action, with a gunshot wound to his neck and left hand near Bullecourt in the Second Battle of Bullecourt.

Monday, 7 May 1917

Private Darcy KEATING (4th Battalion) was sent to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station.

Gunner Lightfoot Lamonby HAMPSON (10th Field Artillery Brigade] was moved to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station.

Tuesday, 8 May 1917

Private Darcy KEATING (4th Battalion) was admitted to the 3rd General Hospital at Le Treport, France.

Gunner Lightfoot Lamonby HAMPSON (10th Field Artillery Brigade] was placed aboard the 4th Ambulance Train and admitted to the 6th General Hospital at Rouen, France.

Thursday, 10 May 1917

Private Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN (7th Reinforcement for the 36th Battalion, Parkes/Dubbo Coo-ee) embarked from Sydney for England on the HMAT A24 Benalla.

Private William Sidney LOVETT (55th Battalion, Orange Coo-ee) was wounded in action by gas poisoning in the vicinity of Noreuil in France.

Friday, 11 May 1917

Private William Sidney LOVETT (55th Battalion) was moved back to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station [gas poisoning]

Saturday, 12 May 1917

Private Francis Charles Edward CLARKE (4th Pioneer Battalion, Parramatta Coo-ee) was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Private William Sidney LOVETT (55th Battalion) was placed aboard the 20th Ambulance train.

Sunday, 13 May 1917

Gunner Lightfoot Lamonby HAMPSON (10th Field Artillery Brigade] was transferred to a convalescent depot.

Private William Sidney LOVETT (55th Battalion) was admitted to the 3rd Canadian Stationery Hospital at Doullens, France [gas poisoning]

Monday, 14 May 1917

Private Darcy KEATING (4th Battalion) was sent to the 3rd Convalescent Depot, France.

Tuesday, 15 May 1917

Private Charles Henry HUNT (45th Battalion) arrived in Sydney aboard the HMAT Beltana for medical discharge (pleurisy and rheumatism].

Private Daniel LYNCH (13th Battalion, Wellington Coo-ee) arrived in Sydney aboard the HMAT Beltana for medical discharge for medical discharge (rheumatism).

Thursday, 17 May 1917

John Robert LEE (21st Battalion, Gilgandra Coo-ee) was promoted to Lieutenant from Second Lieutenant.

Lieutenant J. R. Lee (Sydney Mail, 3/3/1920)

Sunday, 20 May 1917

Lance Corporal Francis Charles Edward CLARKE (4th Pioneer Battalion) was promoted to Corporal.

Wednesday, 23 May 1917

Private Alan John Burnett EASTERBROOK (13th Battalion, Penrith Coo-ee) departed England aboard the transport Wiltshire bound for Australia for medical discharge (rheumatism).

Private Charles Robert RICHARDSON (2nd Anzac Cyclist Battalion) departed England aboard the HMAT Ayreshire bound for Australia for medical discharge [gunshot wounds].

Private Robert William PETTIGREW (45th Battalion, Katoomba Coo-ee) departed England aboard HMAT Ayreshire bound for Australia for medical discharge [asthma]

Friday, 25 May 1917

Trooper Francis Noel WHITE (6th Light Horse Regiment, Gilgandra Coo-ee) was discharged medically unfit in Australia [synovitis to the knee].

Wednesday, 30 May 1917

Private William Sidney LOVETT (55th Battalion) was placed aboard a hospital ship for evacuation to England [gas poisoning]. Later that day he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth, England.

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