TIMELINE September 1917

Timeline September 2017

Tuesday, 11 September 1917

Private Herbert William SPICER  (2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion) was wounded in action being gassed during a gas attack in the vicinity of La Clytte, Belgium.

Wednesday, 12 September 1917

Private Herbert William SPICER  (2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion) was placed aboard the 21st Ambulance Train and admitted to the 53rd General Hospital at Boulogne, France.

Sunday, 16 September 1917

Private Edwin Joseph FULLER (54th Battalion) was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Tuesday, 18 September 1917

Private Patrick Joseph O’LOUGHLIN (O’LOUGHLEN) (3rd Infantry Battalion) was killed in action at Dickebush, Belgium, preparing for an attack in the vicinity of Polygon Wood.

O’Loughen J P on 3rd Battalion Australian Infantry panel [third row in centre on right] at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium (Photograph: H. Thompson 11/9/2012)

Private Joseph Francis HEALEY  (13th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the transport Euripedes for medical discharge [GSW left knee].

Wednesday, 19 September 1917

Private James O’NEILL (18th Battalion) was wounded in action near Bellewaarde Ridge, Belgium. He was evacuated to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, where he died later that same day of his wounds – it was his first time in action.

James O’Neill’s headstone at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium (Photograph: H. Thompson 29/8/2014)

Sunday, 23 September 1917

Private Herbert William SPICER  (2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion) was transferred to the 1st Convalescent Depot at Boulogne, France.

Tuesday, 25 September 1917

Private George SEAMAN  (45th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the Transport Nestor for medical discharge [debility after shell shock  inguinal hernia].

Private Herbert William SPICER  (2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion) was transferred to the 10th Convalescent Depot.

Private Ernest TATTERSALL  (4th Pioneer Battalion) arrived at Sydney aboard the transport Nestor for medical discharge [leg ulcer}.

Private William Henry GRIFFITHS  (13th Battalion) was wounded in action in the vicinity of Westhoek, Belgium – he received a shrapnel wound to his chest.

Wednesday, 26 September

Private Leo Ambrose STINSON  (20th Battalion) left England aboard the transport Borda bound for Australia for medical discharge [ GSW back and right arm at Bullecourt).

Private George DAVIDSON  (4th Pioneer Battalion) departed England bound for Australia aboard the transport Borda for medical discharge [deformity to left elbow as a result of a high explosive shell near Mouquet Farm during the Battle of the Somme].

L/Corporal Henry MOSS  (45th Battalion) departed England on 26th September 1917 on the HMAT Borda to return to Australia for medical discharge [ GSW left arm and jaw during an attack on Messines Ridge, Belgium]

Thursday, 27 September 1917

Private William Henry GRIFFITHS  (13th Battalion) was placed aboard the 24th Ambulance Train, and admitthe 7th Canadian General Hospital at Etaples, France.

Gunner Walter James MITCHELL  (10th Field Artiller Brigade) departed Englandaboard the transport Suvic bound for Australia for medical discharge [suffering myalgia].

Private Colin David WREN  (4th Pioneer Battalion) departed England aboard the transport Suvic bound for Australia for medical discharge [incontinence of urine and overage]

Saturday, 29 September 1917

Private Joseph Raymond McGUIRE  (45th Battalion) was wounded in action in the vicinity of Westhoek Ridge, Belgium.  He received a bomb wound to his right leg, and was evacuated to the 10th Casualty Clearing Station, where he died of his wound.

Private Charles CREASE  (13th Battalion) was wounded in action for a second time with multiple shrapnel wounds to his arms, legs and chest, near Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Private Thomas Henry TURVEY MM arrived in Australia on the transport Demostheues [GSW to abdomen at Messines Ridge in Belgium].

Private T. H. Turvey, of Gilgandra “Coo-ees”, awarded Military Medal (Newspaper unknown, 1917)

Private Joseph John WILLIAMS  (13th Battalion) departed England aboard the transport Suvic bound for Australia [trench fever].

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