TIMELINE September 1918

TIMELINE September 1918

Sunday, 1 September 1918

Corporal John MARTIN  (54th Battalion) was killed in action during the successful assault on Peronne, France – he was buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, at Peronne, France.

John Martin’s headstone at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 9/9/2016)

Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN  (34th Battalion) who had been  wounded in action for a second time in France with a gunshot wound to his nose on 31st August 1918, was admitted to the 2nd General Hospital in Le Havre, France, then was transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Le Havre on 7th September 1918.

Tuesday, 3 September 1918

Second Lieutenant Thomas Walter DOWD (2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion) was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the face and hands.  He was admitted to the 5th Field Ambulance suffering shrapnel wounds to the face and hand. He was moved back to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, then to the 20th General Hospital, at Camiers, France.

Lance Corporal William John SHANNON (4th Pioneer Battalion) was discharged medically unfit [Hallux Valgus].

Friday, 6 September 1918

Private Alfred WARDROP  (45th Battalion) was discharged medically unfit [amputation left leg].

Alfred Wardrop (Courtesy of Gary Wardrop)

Thursday, 12 September 1918

Private Jacob Isak PALMGREN  (34th Battalion) was discharged from No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Le Havre.

Wednesday, 18 September 1918

Private Bernard COYTE (13th Battalion) was killed in action during an attack launched by the 13th Battalion on the German lines south of the village of Le Verguier, France – he was buried at the nearby Jean Court Communal Cemetery Extesion.

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

Private B. Coyte’s headstone at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson, 9/9/2016)

Gunner  James TAYLOR (4th Field Artillery Brigade) was wounded in action with  gunshot wounds to his thighs – he was moved back to an Australian Field Ambulance, then to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station. He was then placed aboard the 3rd Ambulance Train and moved to a hospital in Rouen France, where he was admitted on 19th September 1918.

Sergeant James Gerald CAMERON (45th Battalion) for his action on this day during an attack west of Bellenglise in France, was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

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

Private Edgar Lewis CUDDEFORD (45th Battalion) for his action on this day as a runner during an attack in the vicinity of Le Verguier in France, was subsequently awarded the Military Medal.

Friday, 20 September 1918

Second Lieutenant Thomas Walter DOWD (2nd Australian Machine Gun Battalion) was discharged from the 20th General Hospital, at Camiers, France.

Saturday, 21 September 1918

Gunner James TAYLOR (4th Field Artillery Brigade) was placed aboard a hospital ship for evacuation to England.

Sunday, 22 September 1918

Gunner James TAYLOR (4th Field Artillery Brigade) was admitted to the Alexandria Hospital at Cosham, England, with a severe gunshot wound to the thigh.

Monday, 23 September 1918

Private William Laurence HUNT (45th Battalion) departed England aboard the H.M.A.T. Runic for return to Australia for medical discharge.

Bill and Jack Hunt (Photograph courtesy of Iain and Judy Macdonald)

Friday, 27 September 1918

Private George DAVIDSON  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was discharged medically unfit [deformity to the left elbow].

Saturday, 28 September 1918

Private Percy Frederick COOPER  (45th Battalion) was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Sunday, 29 September 1918

Private John William THOMPSON  (54th Battalion) was wounded in action in France for a second time with a gunshot wound to his left hand – he was sent to a Field Ambulance, then to the 30th Casualty Clearing Station.

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