Telegram from Colonel Luscombe to the Revd Robert McKeown.

Historical note: 

On 22 November, Colonel Luscombe, sent another urgent telegram, this time to the Revd Robert McKeown
of Waverley asking him to officially inform Alfred Harris that his son had been killed in action.

Rev McKeown

Officially reported that Number 2251 Private J A E Harris 2nd Battalion killed in action 7th August previoulsy reported missing please inform Mr A T Harris 165 Dension Street and convey deep regret and sympathy of their majesties the King and Queen and Commonwealth Government in loss that they and army have sustained by death of soldier.

Colonel Luscombe

Materials: 
papers
Category: 
Diaries and personal papers
Themes: 
Personal story
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Victoria Barracks
Story: 
Jack Harris
Production Date: 
22 November 1915

On this day

On this day
26 March

1917 — First Battle of GAZA began. This was the first Allied attempt to capture this major Turkish centre 32km inside the border of PALESTINE. Two Australian Light Horse Brigades, the ANZAC Mounted Division, and the Imperial Camel Corps were involved in the battle

1917 — CAPT P. CHERRY, a GALLIPOLI veteran, won a Victoria Cross at LAGNICOURT, France. Despite facing strong opposition, Cherry organised machine-gun and bombing parties to progress his company’s attack after all of the Officers became casualties. He was killed during this action. The Victoria Cross and the Military Medal he had won earlier were presented posthumously. There were 1010 Australian casualties, including 300 taken prisoner in this battle