WWI in the Herald: December 10,1914

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Paris, Wednesday.

The following communique was issued last night:-

We repulsed a violent attack. A very fierce struggle continues on the Argonne.

A previous communique stated:

The enemy is now more active on the Yser and around Ypres, but our artillery has replied successfully to them.

Our brilliant attack, which carried Vermelles and the enemy’s position at Rutoire, marked the end of a determined struggle for two months, during which we sapped and mined since we were expelled from Vermelles on October 25th.

Our heavy artillery has dispersed the enemy from several of his positions on the Aisne and in the Champagne district.

We gained some ground in the Argonne, in Lagrurie Wood, and also northwest of Pont-a-Mousson.

Paris, Wednesday.

It is reported from Amsterdam that the British have recaptured Passchendaele.

The Allied fleet on Tuesday resumed a bombardment of the Belgian coast.

The capture of Vermelles is important, as it gives the French a strong position, commanding a considerable stretch of country, including Lens and Pont a Venden, where a number of railways and roads converge.

The Germans have resumed the bombardment of Rheims by means of aeroplanes.

It is reported from Amsterdam that a French airman at Felug, Hainault, tried to drop a bomb on the petroleum and ammunition stores, but the Germans opened fire, compelling him to mount to a greater altitude.

A German bi-plane started in pursuit but the Frenchman escaped after dropping a bomb, which exploded three cars of an ammunition train.

London, Wednesday.

A fierce night attack was made on Dixmude on December 6th, owing to the sudden massing of the Germans.

The Allies replied with hand grenades, and later made a counter attack with the bayonet. They rushed the German trenches, the enemy losing heavily, and leaving many dead.

London, Tuesday.

The Australian War Contingent Association is sending each of the men belonging to the Australian Expeditionary Force a box of chocolates with New Year greetings.

Hospital accommodation and a convalescent home in England have been placed at the disposal of the association.

Rome, Wednesday

Ahmed el Sheriff, the Chief of the Sennussi, has convened a meeting of his adherents in Egypt for the purpose of affirming their loyalty to Britain.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, desires it to be definitely understood that there has been no fighting on the part of the Australian Expeditionary Forces in Egypt.

He wishes to contradict a wild rumour which has been circulated that a number of Australians have been killed. Any such incident, he added, would be disclosed at once.

More travelling cookers are wanted for the expeditionary forces. The Minister for Defence stated that any gifts of cookers would be very gratefully welcomed.

Their usefulness has been proved practically at Broadmeadows during the past few weeks, and when the 14th Infantry Battalion marched into Melbourne recently their dinners were coking on the road.

It is pointed out by the Defence Department that letters and other postal matter for members of the Australian Imperial Force, who have left Australia with the first Australian division, should be addressed to Egypt. Letters for members of the medical units who sailed in the hospital ship should be addressed to England.

Correspondents should be careful that the address contains full particulars as to the number (if any), rank, name, and designation of the unit of the person for whom the letter is intended.

A directive has been issued to commanding officers to ensure, without fail, that upon enlistment and at the time of signing the attestation form, each member of the Expeditionary Forces shall make proper provision for his dependents, by signing an allotment form, to allot to his wife, from the date of enlistment, and not merely from the date of embarkation, not less than two-fifths of his pay if there be no children and not less than three-fifths if there be children.

In the case of an illegitimate child or a bona fide prematernity order, one-fifth to be allotted. In all cases of allotments in favour of dependents, the member is to be given clearly to understand that the allotment is to be considered irrevocable (except in the case of death of the allottee or like circumstances which may make a variation compulsory) or unless for increase of amount, or in case of a member marrying after making the allotment, or in case of a married man enlisting as single, in which cases amendment in the direction of proper provision for wife, or wife and children, may be made.

The spirit of the direction is to be strictly observed, as well as in cases of single men with dependents.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Edward Alexander Bourke, Elderslie, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Patrick Egan, Abermain, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Clarence Stanley Read, Wallalong, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private Albert Edward Stow, Underbank, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcements

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