Topic: Gen - Query Club
The Query Club
21 April 1915
The large scale of the Great War often gave people a sense of alienation from the activities of the government and the army. To overcome this, newspapers of the day commenced columns called Query Club or similar names, where ordinary people could clarify their understanding of the complex processes. They also provide us, the historians, an insight into witnessing first hand, the responses of the various bodies to public concerns. The end product is a window into a society now almost out of living memory.
This is the Query Club from the Sydney Mail, 21 April 1915, p. 36.
The Army Service Corps is a mounted combatant corps. You should look up the Universal Training Regulations V. to see the details regarding qualifications, etc.
Great Britain has lost so far five battleships, ten cruisers, two gunboats, and three submarines. The total value of German naval losses must run into a good many millions. It is impossible to give even approximated figures at present.
"Gordon" asks how range finding on warships is worked out.
To answer this question would require at least a page of the "Mail". Your better plan would be to visit the nearest public library, and turn up any books dealing with naval and military range finding.
Even though you have had both theoretical and practical experience of ambulance work you would have to join the Expeditionary Force as a private at 6s a day. Probably you would be attached to the Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer.
LETTERS FOR THE FRONT
Until an official alteration is announced, all letters for Australian soldiers who have left with the Expeditionary Forces would be addressed to Egypt. No doubt that will be the training ground for all the contingents whether they ultimately go to Turkey or France.
It is not known how many contingents Australian may yet send to the front, nor what their composition may be. No doubt, if more men are sent, they will include light horse. The fact of a man bringing his own horse should assist to get him into the mounted infantry.
Civil servants on volunteering for active service do not resign their posts. These are kept open for them. The State makes up to the men the difference between their military and civil pay. Many private firms are adopting the same course, guaranteeing their employee positions at least equal to those they leave on their return from the front.
"E.W.P." asks what distinguishes the flags of the British admirals, vice admirals and rear admirals.
The distinguishing marks of the various flags are:-
- Admiral, the red St George's Cross on a white background;
- Vice Admiral, the same with a red ball in the top left hand corner;
- Rear Admiral, the same, with a red ball in each of the top and bottom left hand corners.
The sleeves of the naval officers (executive) are braided as follows:-
- Sub Lieutenant, one half in gold stripe with a curl on top;
- Lieutenant, the same, with another plain gold stripe below it;
- Lieutenant Commander, one half inch gold stripe with curl, one quarter inch plain one with a half inch plain one below;
- Commander, three half inch stripes with a curl on the top one;
- Captain, four half inch stripes with a curl on the top one;
- Rear Admiral, a plain broad gold stripe with half inch one above it with a curl;
- Vice Admiral, the same, only having two half inch stripes, the top one with curl;
- Admiral, the same only with three stripes; and,
- Admiral of the Fleet, the same, only having four narrow stripes above the broad band.
The Titanic was lost in the Atlantic on the night of Sunday, April 14, 1912.
None of the trades awards provide for the payment of wages to employees during the Easter or other holidays.
Citation: Query Club, 21 April 1915