TIMELINE May 1918

TIMELINE May 1918

Thursday, 2 May 1918

Sergeant James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder during fighting around Villers-Bretonneux, and he was sent to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance.

James Gerald Cameron (Photograph courtesy of his grandson Dennis Richards)

On the 2nd of May 1918 Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN (34th Battalion) was admitted to the 3rd Stationary Hospital at Rouen with Influenza.

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN (35th Battalion) was moved back to the 12th Casualty Clearing Station (after being gassed in the vicinity of Morlancourt, France, on 30th April 1918).

Private Leslie Webster GREENLEAF (13th Battalion) was with his Battalion defending Villers-Bretonneux when he undertook an action for which he was recommended for (and subsequently awarded with) the Military Medal. The citation read: ‘East of Villers-Bretonneux on the morning of the 2nd May, 1918, when an officer was severely wounded by M.G. fire and lay within full view of the enemy, Privates Greenleaf and Smith went to his assistance and carried him in at great personal risk. With the assistance of two other men they improvised a stretcher squad, and, as the case was a serious one, carried through with it to the Regimental Aid Post. This was done in broad day light, and practically the whole route was under observation of enemy snipers who were very active.’

Friday, 3 May 1918

Sergeant James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was evacuated to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station.

Corporal John MARTIN (54th Battalion) was sent to Hospital in England aboard a hospital ship, (with a gunshot wound to the chest he received on 24th April 1918 in the vicinity of  Villers-Bretonneux, France).

Saturday, 4 May 1918

Corporal John MARTIN (54th Battalion) was admitted to the 5th Southern General Hospital at Portsmouth, England.

Sergeant James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 1st Canadian General Hospital.

Private Thomas ANDERSON  (13th Battalion) departed Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the H.T. Borda, bound for Australia for medical discharge.

Private Charles Edward BOW (4th Pioneer Battalion) was discharged from the A.I.F. in Sydney medically unfit (chronic bronchitis).

Sunday, 5 May 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN (35th Battalion) was moved to the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Abbeville, France.

Monday, 6 May 1918

Lance Corporal Frederick Graham HARVEY (4th Pioneer Battalion) was sent to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance in France suffering from bronchitis, and he was moved to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station later that day.

Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN (34th Battalion) was discharged from the 3rd Stationary Hospital at Rouen and transferred to No. 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen, then moved the next day to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Rouelles, France (recovering from influenza).

Tuesday, 7 May 1918

Trooper William Henry NICHOLLS (7th Light Horse Regiment) was one of those killed when eight enemy aeroplanes bombed the camp of the Regiment at Jericho, Palestine.

Lance Corporal Frederick Graham HARVEY (4th Pioneer Battalion) was placed aboard the 27th Ambulance Train in France.

Wednesday, 8 May 1918

Lance Corporal Frederick Graham HARVEY (4th Pioneer Battalion) was admitted to the 6th General Hospital at Rouen, France (bronchitis).

Thursday, 9 May 1918

Private Jack Graham WIGGINS (45th Battalion)  was discharged from hospital  in England (following being wounded in action receiving a shrapnel wound to his left thigh on 28th March 1918).

Pte. J. Wiggins (Sunday Times, 8/10/1916, p. 9)

Friday, 10 May 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN (35th Battalion) was placed aboard a Hospital Train and taken to the coast in France.

Saturday, 11 May 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN (35th Battalion) was evacuated to England by Hospital Ship, and admitted to the Whipps Cross Hospital at Leytonstone, England, on the same day.

Sunday, 12 May 1918

Lance Corporal Frederick Graham HARVEY (4th Pioneer Battalion) was placed aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle for evacuation to England (bronchitis).

Monday, 13 May 1918

Lance Corporal Frederick Graham HARVEY (4th Pioneer Battalion) was admitted to the Winchester General Military Hospital in England.

Wednesday, 15 May 1918

Corporal John MARTIN (54th Battalion) was transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England.

Private Cyril Roy MCMILLAN  (45th Battalion) (who had been reported Missing In Action on 5th April 1918 when the 45th Battalion had been in action around Dernacourt, France), was reported to be a Prisoner of War.

Private Roy McMillan (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 11/5/1918)

Friday, 17 May 1918

On 17th May 1918 Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN (34th Battalion) was discharged from hospital.

Corporal John MARTIN (54th Battalion) was discharged from hospital and went on leave reporting back to the 4th Convalescent Depot at Hurdcott, England, on 31st May 1918.

Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN (34th Battalion) was moved from the No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Rouelles where he had been recovering from Influenza  to the Australian Infantry  Base Depot on  Havre, France.

Monday, 20 May 1918

Private Leslie Webster GREENLEAF (13th Battalion) was wounded in action for a second time in the vicinity of Villers-Bretonneux, with a bomb wound to his left arm.  He was admitted to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance, the taken to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station.

Trooper Joe BILLING (7th Light Horse Regiment) was sent to the Australian Rest Station at Jericho, Palestine, suffering malaria.

Tuesday, 21 May 1918

Trooper Joe BILLING (7th Light Horse Regiment) was moved back to the 65th Casualty Clearing Station, then the 75th Casualty Clearing Station at Jerusalem (sick with malaria).

Sergeant James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, England.

Wednesday, 22 May 1918

Private Norman Hamond FRANCISCO (4th Pioneer Battalion) was wounded  when his Battalion was bombed by enemy aircraft when it was  in billets around the  village of Busy, France, receiving a bomb wound to his leg.  He was sent to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance.

Private Charles CREASE  (13th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the H.T.  Field Marshall  for medical discharge.

Private Charles Crease (Sunday Times 8/10/1916)

3rd Air Mechanic William Allan Luther PHILPOTT  (69th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps) arrived in Australia aboard H.M.A.T. Field Marshall for medical discharge.

Thursday, 23 May 1918

Trooper Joe BILLING (7th Light Horse Regiment) was moved back by Hospital Train to the 47th Stationary Hospital at Gaza (sick with malaria).

Private Norman Hamond FRANCISCO (4th Pioneer Battalion) was moved back to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station.

Private Leslie Webster GREENLEAF (13th Battalion) was admitted to the 47th General Hospital at Le Treport, France.

Friday, 24 May 1918

Lieutenant John Robert LEE (21st Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the H.M.A.T.  Kanowna for medical discharge.

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

Lance Corporal John Graham WATSON (13th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the H.M.A.T.  Kanowna for medical discharge.

Saturday, 25 May 1918

Private Joseph Jacob John HERRINGE  (13th Battalion) was sent to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance in France suffering pyrexia, then was moved back to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station later that day.

Joseph Herringe and his mother Bridget Herringe (Photograph courtesy Marie Cribbin)

Sunday, 26 May 1918

Private Joseph Jacob John HERRINGE  (13th Battalion) was placed aboard the 20th Ambulance Train, and evacuated to the 56th General Hospital at Etaples, France, where he was admitted the next day (where  he was later diagnosed with trench fever).

Monday, 27 May 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN  (35th Battalion) was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, England.

Private Norman Hamond FRANCISCO (4th Pioneer Battalion) was placed aboard the 10th Ambulance Train and admitted to the 47th General Hospital later that day (bomb wound to his right leg).

Tuesday, 28 May 1918

Trooper Leslie SULLIVAN (17th Company of the Imperial Camel Corps) was promoted to Lance Corporal in Egypt.

Wednesday, 29 May 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN  (35th Battalion) was discharged from hospital and granted leave to report to the No. 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott, England, on 12th June 1918.

Trooper Joe BILLING (7th Light Horse Regiment) was transferred from the 47th Stationary Hospital at Gaza to the 24th Stationary Hospital at Kantara, Egypt (sick with malaria).

Thursday, 30 May 1918

Trooper Joe BILLING (7th Light Horse Regiment) was transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital at Abbassia, Egypt (sick with malaria).

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