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Sunday, 10 August 2008
Cotter and the Gezireh Sports Club, Part 2
Topic: AIF - 4B - 12 LHR

In a previous post, the legend of Albert (Tibby) Cotter began its telling on this blog. The entry can be found here:

Cotter and the Gezireh Sports Club 

 

 A Rare Coloured Cigarette Card Displaying Cotter's Bowling Action. 

Another retelling of the Gezireh Sports Club story is to be found in: 

Headon, D. ed., The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing, 2001, pp. 498-9.

TIBBY COTTER AT BEERSHEBA

by 'Sergeant'

When Johnny –‘Won't- Hit-Today’ Douglas comes to write his memoirs, ‘My 97 Years of Cricket at Home and Abroad’, I bet he won’t remember a certain cricket match played on the sands of the Mediterranean coast of Southern Palestine between the British Yeomanry and the Australian Light Horse. Both divisions were having a short rest and clean up on the coast. The Yeomanry, led by Gentlemen from the Very Best Families of England, sent the Light Horse Commander a challenge to a game of cricket. Our scouting parties had seen the Tommy officers sporting themselves in flannels in the cool of the evening. Anyhow, we took them on.

Douglas was a Colonel of the Yeomanry, although I never rightly knew whether he was in the Warwicks, the Worcesters, or the Gloucesters. He was always there when it came to a cricket match or a fight according to the Marquis of Queensberry.

We had a few sets of cricketing tools bought out of certain regimental funds—never mind whose funds. The desert sand, watered and stamped with tibbin by the Kamleelah wallahs, made a pretty fair concrete pitch.

The Yeomanry team, all officers, was a treat to see in spotless flannels. The officers were always punctilious about appearance and cleanliness even in the desert. How they carried their boudoirs about in the desert was a marvel.

Our team looked like a mob of Murrumbidgee whalers who had lost their swags. A few of the officers were in khaki slacks and shirts, and the other ranks wore their old blue-grey flannel shirts, riding strides with the knees out for the most part, no leggings, and their knitted socks hanging down over their ankle boots.

Our fellows won the toss, and had a bat. They put up only 57, Douglas getting most of the wickets.

Then the Yeomanry took block. That's about all they did take. Tibby Cotter, a trooper in the 12th Light Horse Regiment, bowled with the wind behind him, and the Tommy officers never saw which way he went. They just walked in and out in a dazed manner. We had four men behind the stumps to stop any risk of byes getting into double figures.

Clive Single, Colonel of our ambulance, bowled from the other end. He had been high in Grade cricket in Sydney and had a good University career—as far as cricket went, anyhow. He bowled a mixed over of slow and medium balls breaking in from both sides.

Cotter and Single bowled the Yeomanry all for 4, including one bye.

'Who is this Cotter man?' they kept asking. Douglas had spotted Cotter the first time he made his characteristic long run before bowling, but thought it wise not to break the news to the batsmen beforehand.

They took it like sportsmen when they knew. It hardly seemed fair. They squared it off with us later—but that is another story.

Poor old Tibby Cotter was given out at Beersheeba later. He was in the front of the mounted charge.

The Melbourne Evening Sun, November 1924

The last paragraph is a matter of contention and will be discussed in another post. Cotter was quite a character and his natural larrikan behaviour will become very apparent.


Citation: Cotter and the Gezireh Sports Club, Part 2

Posted by Project Leader at 2:32 PM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 10 August 2008 10:27 PM EADT
Signal, 25 April 1915, 8th LHR, Supply & Heliopolis
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHB Sigs

One of the most complete set of Light Horse unit signals at Gallipoli belongs to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. Signals provide a window into the unvarnished form of history. These are the comments made by people who had important needs that required immediate attention. As such, they tell a story about a campaign that existed before the occurence of the newspaper reports leading to the Official Histories and all the other works that followed. Since they do not originate in a vacuum, it is the immediacy of the signal in a dense communication transfer that gives it a unique currency. It is a moment in time. We need all the other items such as the War Diary, Routine Orders and lastly, the published books to get a fully appreciation of the humble signal.

To ensure that this appreciation is available to many, over the coming months, a series of signals will be posted commencing from April till December.


Signal, 25 April 1915 to 8th LHR regarding store dump at Heliopolis

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Citation: Signal, 25 April 1915, 8th LHR, Supply & Heliopolis

Posted by Project Leader at 2:12 PM EADT
Updated: Monday, 11 August 2008 12:50 PM EADT
Queensland, The Advertising Ball, Brisbane, September 1900
Topic: Gen - St - Qld

Queensland, September 1900

The Advertising Ball, Brisbane

 

XXX Beer Advertisement.

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What did a company do to adverise its product outside the realm of the ubiquitous newspapers?

In the days when moving advertisements required humans to repeat the exercise over and over again, one method of marketing products was to hold advertising balls. People paid good money to see folks dressing up in mobile product costumes at a ball - sort of a fancy dress ball with a commercial twist.

This first picture is of the face of Queensland beer in September 1900. Here is the buxom, XXX rated Mrs Chubb swanning around in her XXX outfit.

XXX????

No, it wasn't a risque set of clothing, or lack of it, it's just that as now, the Queenslanders couldn't spell beer then, but even worse, couldn't spell XXXX. How tough can it be?


Nothing like the scantily clad, supine nubiles used to flog beer today. Mrs Chubb has a robust and buxom appearence. She is surrounded by as bevy of lassies, who by appearance alone is enough to scare any man into the clutches of wowserism.

It makes a person wonder what happened to that other "X" that seems to have dropped off from this picture.

At the same party, there was another person whose name is an institution in Australia. Here she is flogging her latest cake, although the picture below is a head and shoulders shot.

 

The woman who took the cake at the ball.


For those who haven't recognised this woman, you are looking at Lady Lamington, the founder of the lamington drives that are the bane of all school fund raising activities. This is the woman whose name is now an enduring symbol of Australian cake.

 

Further Reading:

Queensland, 1914

 


Citation: The Advertising Ball, Brisbane, September 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:18 PM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 August 2009 5:48 PM EADT
22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 539, 4 January 1918
Topic: AIF - Fr - 22 Corps

Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail.

In this case, the  22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Orders for 1918 have been highlighted to illustrate the tempo of this formation from the beginning of the year towards the end of the war. The aim is to illustrate the tumultuous year that followed ending in the defeat of Germany. Too little is known of the role regarding the Light Horse in the drama on the Western Front. This should address some shortfalls of information.


 22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 539, 4 January 1918


22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 539, 4 January 1918, p. 1.

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Citation: 22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 539, 4 January 1918


Posted by Project Leader at 10:34 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 10 August 2008 10:35 PM EADT
Desert Mounted Corps Routine Orders - 19 October 1917
Topic: AIF - DMC

Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail.

In this case, the  Desert Mounted Corps Routine Orders for October 1917 have been highlighted to illustrate the tempo of this formation from the beginning of October towards the end. The aim is to illustrate the implementation of the Allenby Offensive that began at the end of October 1917 with the capture of Beersheba.


 Desert Mounted Corps Routine Orders - 19 October 1917


Desert Mounted Corps Routine Orders, 19 October 1917, p. 1.

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Of interest are the initiallings at the bottom of the page.  It indicates order and precedence amongst the staff officers commanding the Desert Mounted Corps.


Citation: Desert Mounted Corps Routine Orders - 19 October 1917


Posted by Project Leader at 10:28 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 10 August 2008 10:36 PM EADT

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