WWI in the Herald: December 9, 1914

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It is stated that risk of depriving Australasia of the services of so many of its leading practitioners for any extended period has been appreciated by the Defence Department, and there is authority for stating that Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has approved of certain of the doctors returning to the Commonwealth at the end of one year’s service.

Their places will be filled, if necessary, by volunteers, for whom no room could be found in the first instance.

A proposition was recently placed before Mr. Holman, the State Premier, for the establishment of a State Bureau of breeding for the purpose of encouraging the breeding of remounts for the army, somewhat on the lines of the Canadian Bureau of breeding.

The Canadian Bureau is conducted by private enterprise, and Field-Marshal Sir John French is one of its directors. German buyers not long ago visited Canada in quest of remounts for officers.

They were met with the inflexible rule, however, that horses fit for war services could not be sold to any foreign buyer until Canada and Great Britain had been supplied.

The matter being one which concerns more properly the Commonwealth, the author of the scheme has been referred to the Commonwealth Government.

Paris, Tuesday.

The latest communique state that the Germans bombarded Oostduinkerke, four kilometres west of Nieuport.

There has been a marked advance in the region of Le Quesnoy towards Mons, in Belgium.

A previous communique states:- “We attacked a few trenches on the left bank of the Yser, which are still in the enemy’s hands.

The superiority of our offensive at Armentieres and Arras, on the Oise, and the Aisne, and in the Argonne, is maintained.

“Our heavy artillery gained a marked advantage in the Champagne district.”

Alexandria, Monday.

Further details of the destruction of the Emden by the Sydney show that the Sydney was scarcely out of sight of the other vessels when she signalled them that she had sighted the Emden.

Later, she signalled that the action was progressing favourably.

The final signal was: “Emden out of action,” and when it was received it provided great enthusiasm.

The Australian and New Zealand troops have created a profound impression in Egypt, and especially their magnificent physique.

Melbourne, Tuesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has ordered reductions in the pay of chaplains connected with the Expeditionary Forces. In future they will only have the rank and pay of captains.

Quartermaster and Lieut. H. T. Ellis (Victoria), of the A.F.A. Brigade, and the troop under the command of Captain Rushall (Victoria), now officially designated the Australian Mounted Training Corps, have been detailed by the Army Council for special duties which they have been carrying out for some time.

The nature of the duties and the locality of their performance are to remain strictly secret, but they are very important and carry great responsibility.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Roland Little, West Maitland, 1st Division Signal Company, 5th Reinforcements

Trooper Lyle Hugh Florian O’Neill, Cessnock, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcements

Private James Norman Stapleton, Wallsend, 9th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private Albert George Wiggins, Newcastle, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

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