Monthly Archives - September 2017

PTE Edward Ryan, VC

30 SEP 1918: World War I and 1717 Private Edward John Francis Ryan, 55th Battalion, originally of Tumut, New South Wales, earns the Victoria Cross at Bellicourt, France. Jack Ryan was born on 9th February 1890 at Tumut, New South Wales. His father Michael was a labourer born in Australia to Irish parents. Michael Ryan married Eugenia Newman at Tumut in 1886. The family lived on a farm at Blowering, upstream from Tumut. Jack Ryan worked at the Tumut...

CPL Ernest Corey, MM

30 SEP 1918: World War I and 2143 Lance Corporal (later Corporal) Ernest Albert Corey, MM, a stretcher bearer with the 55th Battalion earns a third bar to his Military Medal, first won on 5 May 1917. The winning of four Military Medals is a unique feat. Ernest Albert Corey was born near Cooma, New South Wales on 20 December 1891. Educated at Thubergal Lake Public School, Corey was a 24 year old labourer when he joined the Men...

CAPT George Wilkins, VC

29 SEP 1918: World War I and Captain George Hubert Wilkins, MC, official AIF photographer, rallies United States troops at the battle of the Hindenburg Line, while taking photographs. For this action he was awarded a bar to his Military Cross, becoming the only Australian official photographer to be decorated for bravery in the field. George Wilkins, explorer, war photographer and cinematographer, was born on 31 October 1888 at Mount Bryan East in South Australia. He studied electrical engineering...

Battle of St Quentin

29 SEP 1918: World War I and the Battle of St Quentin canal begins. Originally built to connect the Somme and Scheldt Rivers, the Germans utilised the St Quentin Canal as an additional defensive barrier forward of the Hindenberg Line. East of Peronne the canal ran through a tunnel for approximately six kilometres between Bellicourt and Venhuille. As this "bridge" over the canal formed an obvious point at which to attack the Hindenburg Line it was heavily defended. Fearing an...

LTCOL Blair Wark, VC

29 SEP–1 OCT 1918: World War I and Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Blair Anderson Wark, 32nd Battalion, originally from Bathurst, New South Wales, earns the Victoria Cross during action from Bellicourt to Joncourt, France. Blair Wark, army officer and quantity surveyor, was born on 27 July 1894 at Bathurst, New South Wales, fourth child of Alexander Wark, a gas engineer from Scotland, and his native-born wife Blanche Adelaide Maria, née Forde. Educated at Fairleigh Grammar, Bathurst, St Leonards Superior Public...

Police Remembrance Day

29 SEP: National Police Remembrance Day, today, in Australia. Often commemorated globally on St Michael's Day. In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry and is now also considered the patron saint of police officers, paramedics, firefighters and the military.

3RAR Arrives In Country

28 SEP 1950: Korea, and the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment arrives in country. The Battalion was immediately committed to the United Nation forces' northward advance against the retreating North Koreans. On 28 September 1950, 3RAR landed at Pusan, South Korea. The battalion was part of the 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade. Troops from 3RAR were rotated and replaced on an individual basis, and 3RAR remained in Korea for the duration of the conflict. 3RAR was first deployed on...

PTE Patrick Joseph Bugden, VC

26–28 SEP 1917: World War I and Private Patrick Joseph Bugden, 31st Battalion, originally from South Gundurimba, New South Wales, earns the Victoria Cross at Polygon Wood, near Ypres. It was a posthumous award. Patrick Bugden was born in the Australian state of New South Wales, at South Gundurimba on 17 March 1897. His father, a farmer, died when Bugden was still a child and his mother later remarried. After completing his schooling, he worked at a hotel in...

Card Problem? Sorted.

We're experiencing intermittent issues with payments via credit/debit cards yesterday and today. Although it doesn't affect all orders, it is impacting some. We apologise for the inconvenience, and the web team is beavering away solving the problem. Because your privacy is important to us (unlike many) we're PCI compliant - we don't keep all credit/debit card details in a database -  there's no way for us to recover card details by any means; so if you've paid by card, you...

OP Jaywick Update

26–27 SEP 1943: World War II and Operation Jaywick destroys Japanese shipping. An Australian Special Operations Australia Unit operating from the former fishing vessel, Krait, mines Japanese ships in Singapore Harbour. Seven ships were sank or badly damaged. Operation Jaywick was a raid on shipping in Japanese-occupied Singapore harbour between September and October 1943. The raid was carried out by members of Special Operations Australia (SOA) from Z Special Unit. The team comprised of four British soldiers, and 11 AIF...

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