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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Bir el Mazar, Sinai, 17 September 1916, 3rd LHFA, AIF, War Diary Account
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA

Bir el Mazar

Sinai, 17 September 1916

3rd LHFA, AIF, War Diary Account

 

War Diary account of the 3rd LHFA, AIF.

 

The transcription:

 
15 September 1916

1 Other Rank and 3 sledges brought up to Mobile Section from Details. Mobile Section left Hod Amara at 2400 with 3rd Light Horse Brigade for Salmana.

16 September 1916

Reached Bir Salman at 0340. One casualty admitted to ambulance and died in half an hour. Wound was caused by a shot from a hostile aeroplane. Left Salmana at 1800 for Mazar.

17 September 1916

Reached Mazar at 0535. Left Mazar at 1030 having collected two serious and four slight casualties. Watered horses at 1430 with fantasse water. Collected on road to Salmana two cases of injury and three medical cases. Reached Salmana at 2015 and handed over to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance 11 patients.

 

Further Reading:

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

Bir el Mazar, Sinai, 17 September 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Bir el Mazar, Sinai, 17 September 1916, 3rd LHFA, AIF, War Diary Account


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 November 2009 6:16 AM EAST
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 3rd LHFA, AIF, Unit History Account
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA

 

 

Battle of Romani

Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

3rd LHFA, AIF, Unit History Account

 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Eugene Macdonald Stuart produced a unit history of the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, AIF, in which included a section specifically related to the Battle of Romani and Bir el Abd and extracted below.

Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Eugene Macdonald Stuart, 3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance from Formation to March 1919,  pp. 22 - 27:

 

ROMANI OPERATIONS

On August 3rd, 1916, the Ambulance with MAJOR E.R. WHITE in charge was situated at BALLY BUNION, a Railhead 7 miles out from the canal at BALLAH. This camp had only been occupied some 10 days, the unit having only just moved from SERAPEUM.

On the 3rd., there were various rumours as to moves, operations &c. but nothing definite whatsoever was obtained, so much so that an officer, CAPT YUILLE, and a party were detailed to proceed to KANTARA WEST to obtain sand carts and some other ordinance equipment. This party left early on the morning of the 4th.

During this morning gun fire was heard continuously and at 0745 an order was received to be ready to move in one and a half hours time. It was then too late to recall CAPT YUILLE. Only the barest of equipment was carried, also rations for 2 days. A party consisting of MAJOR WHITE, CAPT. STUART, a trumpeter, a small tent sub-division (including S/SGT WALKER, Dispenser, S/SGT SULLIVAN, nurse., PTE GRAHAM cook) 24 bearers, 4 sand carts and some burden camels moved out at 0915. These camels had only been attached just previously and had Bikanir drivers, a fact which led to confusion as the boys could not understand why Indians did not understand Arabic. CAPT CAVE was to remain till the following day in order to satisfactorily settle affairs and also to try and get in touch with CAPT YUILLE. It was arranged that LIEUT PYE, Dental Officer attached to the Amb., should take charge of the personnel and equipment remaining in camp after CAPT CAVE had left and to arrange as to any moves &c., he had with him for this purpose the personnel of what later was known as and formed the Immobile Section or Receiving Station. All ranks, owing to the mildness of the weather, marched out minus jackets and only carried their overcoats strapped to their saddles; this, in conjunction with their horse blanket afforded sufficient covering. Sun helmets were issued to all and no hats were worn.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. One F.S.P. No.l and F.M.P., were carried in addition an intravenous outfit and a fair supply of medical comforts. The Bde., moved in the direction of HILL 70, East of KANTARA, where it arrived a little after midday. Here horses were watered and fed, rations drawn, and a meeting of Bde., Officers held. At 1600, the Brigade moved to HOD ED DUEIDAR, which was reached after dark. We bivouacked here for the night. During the evening CPL KIMBERLEY (Farrier) arrived from KANTARA-WEST with cacolet camels to add to our means for the evacuation of casualties. At 0600 the Brigade moved out of DUEIDAR without watering. On this occasion a number of the personnel, who had travelled in the sand cart the previous day now travelled per sitting up cacolet. This was a decided relief to the sand cart horses. At 0830 the Brigade watered at a Hod some five miles out of DUEIDAR.

About midday HOD EN NOGID was reached where the Brigade came first in contact with the Turks; this contact later in the afternoon developed in to HAMISAH engagement, where the Brigade took 400 odd prisoners and some three or four machine guns. At about 1245,'sand carts were first despatched to collect wounded. (An incident during the loading of the first casualties:- a volunteer in this work was shot through the calf of the leg (a stray, of which there were many), much to his disgust. In fact his sole remark was "This red-cross business is no -—y good to me", got on his horse and rode into the Dressing Station which had by then been set up at HOD EN NEGID.)

The first two sand carts were soon full and MAJOR WHITE, after setting the running of the Dressing Station with S/SGT WALKER in charge came out to the field with the other two sand carts. Up to 1515 all carts were extremely busy picking up casualties both Australian and Turkish over a pretty wide front. Our casualties amounted to approx., 16, minus the killed. At about 1500 the Turks began to shell HAMISAH ridge with 10cm howitzer H.E., with aeroplane observation. Shooting was good, but no casualties resulted.

In passing, before leaving BALLY BUNION all ranks were issued with sulphate tablets for sterilization of water. (Personally I have always found them most objectionable since this day of August 5th., when having taken some of the contents of a water bottle, so treated, a violent attack of vomiting was induced, which rendered me hors de combat for two hours.)

About an hour after the shelling had commenced the Brigade withdrew to NOGID. The Ambulance Personnel spent the evening and the greater part of the night attending our own patients and the Turkish casualties, giving intravenous saline &c.,

One Officer (LIEUT PALMER) died early next morning notwithstanding all efforts. During the evening the Brigade with all unwounded prisoners withdrew about two and a half miles westwards to HOD EL ENNA leaving the Ambulance at NOGID as the most advanced unit there being no troops whatsoever between it and the Turks during the night. However early next morning the position was restored to normal. Early on the morning of the 6th. A.D.M.S., ANZAC MOUNTED DIVISION, arrived and directed the casualties be evacuated to the 2nd L.H.F.AMB., at ROMANI. CAPT CAVE arrived about 0830 with two additional sandcarts consequently all casualties, Australian and Turkish, were despatched almost immediately to ROMANI per sandcart and cacolet. It displays great credit on the drivers and bearers of the Ambulance, that they soon adapted themselves to the desert, travelling over new tracts of it, both during the day and night, and not one instance of them losing their way is recorded. It is the same common sense that played such a large part in the success of the Australian in the SINAI campaign. It may be a matter of interest to state that most wounds in the Ambulance were dressed with gauze soaking in 5% saline in accordance with SIR A. WRIGHT’S suggestions. All cases appeared to do satisfactorily. There were no cases where iodine was repeatedly used. The water supply for horses or washing purposes in NOGID were very limited.

During the afternoon Brigade and Ambulance (minus that which had not returned from ROMANI, which was to follow) moved towards SAGIA, where in one hod (HOD ABU DAREM), a plentiful supply of very fair water, even for human consumption, was found. This was a great boon, as it saved inroads on water supply brought forward by the camel trains in fanatis, the water for fanatis was obtained originally from the pipe line linking up with the fresh water canal. HOD ABU DAREM was the site of bivouac for the night for Ambulance and Brigade.

Early on the morning of the 7th, the Brigade withdrew out of the Hod, as it was thought that the enemy would shell it with his long range howitzers. This did not occur and Ambulance and Hqrs, returned into the HOD. At about 1000 on the 7th, the Brigade (8th Regt. mostly) suffered about 16 casualties (three serious) with one officer (LIEUT URQUHART) and two or three other ranks killed. Up to this time all had been quiet except for some desultory rifle fire, in fact the Brigadier had been seen at 0945 and had given the information that there was practically nothing doing. The first intimation that fighting of any severity had occurred was when a badly wounded Australian, shot through the mouth and covered in blood, rode in, soon followed by 2nd LIEUT AUSTIN, 8th L.H. Regt, who was wounded in the neck. Sandcarts were sent out in two relays but there was no need for the second relay. Heat was severe, the sand hills fought over, were bare and men suffered from thirst. There was considerable battery work, the Turks persistently trying to find our guns with their shrapnel. (It was during a slack interval that some very interesting ruins, part of which is a very fine dome, were investigated, the building occupying fully an acre of ground: enquiries elicit no information regarding them.) After staying two and a half hours in the field and no casualties occurring all sandcarts with the exception two returned to the Dressing Station. Operative interference under chloroform was undertaken in the case of two casualties, one case especially where the tongue had almost been amputated at the base by a bullet, with much laceration of the floor of the mouth, being exceedingly difficult; by means of hot packs, and pressure, the haemorrhage was brought under control. This patient later completely recovered. Casualties were despatched in the Ambulance sandcarts and cacolets to the British Receiving Station in the neighbourhood of OGHRATINA; most however eventually had to travel right back to ROMANI. The amount of work thrown on drivers and horses can thus be easily imagined. PTE BOYD J.A., acted as bearer guide to the convoy and did excellent service. During the afternoon of the 7th, CAPT R.G. WOODS reported to give his assistance. Early next morning (8th) the Turks having retired, the Brigade pushed on and about 1400 bivouacked in HOD ABU DHAHAB. There, during the afternoon and evening water was developed by the Field Troop, horses watered and the Ambulance was rejoined by the sand carts, sent away under PTE BOYD J.A., the previous day. The sand hills just in this region are extremely steep and difficult to negotiate and it is the easiest thing imaginable to pass a large body of troops and have no inkling that they are in the neighbourhood. That the A.S.C., trains found us (ie. Brigade, Amb inc.) so often reflects markedly to their credit and the fact that on one occasion their dump was made in a position useful also for the Turks during the night as regards obtaining supplies cast no slur on their powers of localisation but only emphasises the peculiarity of the country.

At 0400 on August 9th, the Brigade was on the move again and before daylight was in close touch with Turkish outposts in the region of HOD EL HASSANEIN. The Brigade gradually went forward during the morning until at 0900 they found themselves held up before a position of which the "Bada Redoubt" was the main feature. At this time the Inverness Battery took up a position about 650 yards N.E. of Hod El Hassanein, D.H.Q., position for the day was 100 yards ahead but slightly west of the Inverness Battery.

At about 1000 word came back by means of one of our bearers and also from B.H.Q. that casualties had occurred. (By the way, it was customary throughout and commencing with the ROMANI operations to detach two mounted bearers to report to the R.M.O. of each regiment to act as communicating files between the Regiment and Ambulance; their duties at the time were not fully appreciated and conflicting reports occurred often as regards casualties, sometimes the report of certain casualties coming from three different sources appeared as if there were three different groups of casualties.) One Officer, Capt Stuart, with a section (4) bearers with two sand carts was immediately despatched to the front line about one and a half miles in front of B.H.Q. and just before the Bada Hill.

When proceeding up one depression the Ambulance detachment was plainly visible and the Turks, who gave pretty full evidence that they respected the Red Cross Flag, diminished firing markedly when the flags unfolded and blew out. This respect was somewhat spasmodic in character, on one occasion during the day, they chased a sandcart for half a mile with shells, a pretty sight to the onlookers but extremely trying to the drivers. On arriving at the Regimental first aid posts it was soon seen that our time would be occupied fully. The two carts were soon filled with casualties and sent back, only those with a chance of surviving being loaded. One Officer (hopelessly shot through the abdomen was not moved). The position of this first aid post which was used all day was very poor, affording little cover and was shelled and sniped at continually, however the locality provided none better. The work of the drivers of the Ambulance sandcarts was extremely fine, as both going out and coming in, they were under machine gun, rifle and shell fire. Again the work of SGT FLOCKHART, Medical Sgt, to 8th A.L.H. Regt, was magnificent. Repeatedly he brought back, either in front or at the back of his saddle a casualty in the face of severe fire of all descriptions, altogether it was a performance of the highest standard.

Close shell bursts caused very nasty wounds especially fractures and in some cases, branches of desert shrub bound together with a bandage had to act as splints, anything at all had to do. Capt Cave at about 1130 arrived at the aid post with two additional sandcarts and the information that MAJOR WHITE had fanned a Dressing Station in Hod El Hassanein. An incident occurred about 1300, which perhaps is worth recording. A man from the 8th L.H. Regt, shot through the arm (in three places) and brachial plexus, suffered such immediate agony, that he stood up on a sand hillock in full view of the enemy in order to get himself killed. However he received no further damage and was pulled back under cover. His was one of the rare cases when the presence of a Medical man on the spot, determines whether it is a case of living or not; here both brachial artery and basilic vein and cephalic vein were cut and haemorrhage was profuse. Even in the short space of time that had elapsed much blood was lost; artery forceps were applied and he was evacuated with them on. In the end he had to lose his arm but had a good recovery and reached Australia. Heat during the day was severe and thirst a terrific bugbear. Certain men in the combatant units showed very cracked lips and dry swollen tongues. Loading of casualties, especially the lying down cases, was difficult particularly under shell fire, when the horses were extremely restive; owing to this some of the wounded suffered severely.

At about 1700, when the Turks, who were preparing a counter attack, increased their gunfire, the first aid post had a very unpleasant time, being plastered with shrapnel for about 1/4 of an hour, horses however, were the main sufferers.

A little after 1700, Lieut Robertson, 9th L.H., was shot through the abdomen by the Turks under unfortunate circumstances; with the greatest gallantry he was carried out from under the very noses of the Turks by CPL BARRINGTON 9th L.H. Regt., put in one of the sand carts and evacuated to the Dressing Station. At 1800 our line was withdrawn slightly and A.M.C. Officers and 0/Ranks rejoined the Ambulance at HOD EL HASSANEIN in a very fatigued condition. Here everyone was extremely busy attending to the fairly numerous casualties over 60 in number (if I remember rightly). There were no incidents of note during the night of the 9th and 10th as regards the Ambulance.

Early next morning a hostile plane dropped a bomb near the Hod, and drove down one of our planes, severely wounding both pilot and observer (one fatally).

During the 10th, a 3rd Bde, Detachment was sent to BAYOUD at the request of a column operating there; CAPT YUILLE arrived from KANTARA. LIEUT ROBERTSON was operated on (two wounds in the thigh, much destruction of abdominal wall, intestine not damaged) and was later evacuated. He later died at PORT SAID. All cases possible were evacuated to a British Receiving Station, OGHRATINA on the morning of the 10th.

Evening of the 10th., admitted several sick, one being a case of cholera (typical, died next morning)

On the 11th. the Brigade advanced, the Turks having retired & occupied BADA HILL and moved in the direction of the SAIMANA plain. One Australian shot through both knees was found at the foot of BADA REDOUBT. He had been exposed for nearly 48 hours, Turks however had given him water, but had not dressed his wound. He lived 16 hours after being admitted to the Dressing Station; shock and exposure having proved too great. One wounded Turk in charge of another was found also being taken care of by another Turk. MAJOR KIDD, 10th L.H., went in with Cholera to the Dressing Station, his case appeared almost hopeless, was evacuated after receiving local attention and made a good recovery ultimately.

BRIGADIER-GENERAL ROYSTON took over charge of the 3rd L.H. Bde., from BG.-GENERAL ANTILL.

 

Further Reading:

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, Roll of Honour 

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 3rd LHFA, AIF, Unit History Account

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 30 November 2009 8:04 AM EAST
Saturday, 12 July 2008
The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA

3rd LHFA, AIF

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917

 

Below is an extract from the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance history written by Captain Gerald Stuart. This particular extract is called "The Belah Bombing Raid" which occurred on 4 May 1917. Deir el Belah, a small town midway between Gaza and Khan Yunis was a major centre for Allied activity during 1917.

 

The Belah Bombing Raid.


During the operations, which culminated in the Second Battle of GAZA, 19 April 17, the tent subdivision of the 3rd L.H.F. Ambulance was situated at railhead at Belah surrounded by dumps of all sorts. The tent subdivision of the 5th Yeomanry Ambulance and the Desert Column Motor Ambulance Convoy were also in this area adjoining the 3rd L.H.F.A. Capt. G. Morris Beale was in command of this section of the 3rd L.H.F.A., at the time and during the attack on Gaza, when the rail head dump was heavily shelled, his experiences could not have been as delightful as they were exciting. However when the 3rd L.H. Brigade returned from Atawineh, and camped at a point 2 miles from Beni Sela, Capt Leahy was sent to relieve Capt Beale, who rejoined the Brigade. Capt Leahy after consulting the D.D.M.S, Desert Column, Colonel McDonald, decided to move the tent Section of the 3rd L.H.F.A, to a point about 400 yards south of the Casualty Clearing Station on the bank of a small wadi on which were already stationed the tents section of the 2nd L.H.F.A, the N.Z. Field Ambulance and the E.L.C. On the advice of the D.D.M.S., Desert Corps the 5th Yeomanry Tents Section and the Motor Ambulances also moved to the same locality on the north bank of the Wadi. The positions of these units after the move are indicated on the attached diagram, which is not drawn to scale.

The number of patients in the 3rd L.H.F.A., at this period did not exceed 20. The new camp site was apparently ideal. The grass was green and plentiful and rations excellent. After the strenuous days of Atawineh, this camp was like a paradise, the days were neither hot nor cold, the nights were perfect, and a lovely moon completed the picture. Little did we know how we were later on, to curse that moon! No one for one minute doubted the security of the camp, for being situated at the rear of the C.C.S's, far from any legitimate target for shell or bomb, the possibility of danger occurred to none. Meanwhile patients were pouring in (mostly diarrhoea and septic sores) and possibly the number had risen to 60, when one beautiful evening at about 10 O'clock the sky seemed to be suddenly full of enemy planes, which bombed and machine gunned the C.C.Ss particularly, but one plane came across the C.C.S. almost due south and dropped bombs as it came. One bomb fell immediately between our lines and the C.C.S, the second on the immediate outskirts of the 3RD L.H.F.A., the third in the centre of the 3RD L.H.F.A. between the Officers and the Sergeants' Messes, which were only 8 feet apart and a dud bomb fell in the horse lines in the Wadi.

Lieut Everett, a Dental Officer who had joined the Unit two days previously, after his first voyage from home, was standing at the door of his tent when the uproar started. He was quite interested in the fireworks around the C.C.S, as he knew nothing of bomb raids, and when the bomb fell on the outskirts of the camp he received two jagged lumps of iron in the left leg, one into the thigh, which opened into the knee joint, and the other through his Achilles tendon.

A second after the first explosion, a bomb fell almost on the Sergeants' Mess instantly killing Sgt Wallace, who was in the Mess at the time and Sgt Dyer, who was a patient; but sleeping in the Dispensary, S/Sgt McKinley received a large lacerated wound of the buttock, Cpl Campbell was severely injured in the leg. S/Sgt Joyner had a miraculous escape, for he was nearer the exploding bomb than anyone else, and received no scratch. S/Sgt Walker was also uninjured. Either this particular bomb or the bomb in the outskirts of the camp or both were responsible for the awful injuries and deaths. The bombs used were evidently what are known as "stick bombs" where the bursting charge is well above the percussion cap, with the result that the bomb really explodes above the ground. The aerial bombs previously used by the enemy were of a pattern, which entered the ground before exploding; the effect of this was that most of the force of the explosion was expended in the ground, whilst the remainder went up in the air. This species of bomb had a very local effect, but the "stick bombs" used by the enemy during the moonlight raid at Belah, had an enormous field of effectiveness. On the day following the raid the tents were found to be riddled with holes, made by flying bomb fragments from the ground upwards, and this not only at close quarters, but as far away as 50 or even a hundred yards from the nearest bomb. The Ford Ambulances were at least 200 yards from any bomb hole, and yet radiators and tyres were hulled by fragments. The amount of damage done and great loss of life was therefore explicable, for the patients killed and seriously injured were all sleeping on the ground. The Officers of most of the smaller units in the area had formed a joint mess and because of its central position and the reputation of Cpl Jack Bell as a cook, the 3rd L.H.F.A. was agreed upon as the proper place in which to establish the mess. The scarcity of building material was responsible for the mess being dug into the ground, but luckily for the officers concerned this proved their salvation. There was not anticipation of an air raid, or the staff could have been advised to adopt some protection, as it was there was no protection available and those who escaped some injury were extremely fortunate.

Major Whitford, who was at the time second in command of the Ambulance, was on a visit to the tent Subdivision, and was playing Bridge with Captain Joyce of 2nd L.H.F.A., Capt. Leahy of 3RD L.H.F.A., & Capt. Maguire of 5th Yeomanry F.A., when the raid occurred. The bomb which fell almost of the Sergeants’ Mess missed the Officers’ Mess by four feet. There was once a theory that the bomb that would fall near a man could not be heard by him, but this particular bomb, fell with a noise almost loud enough to deafen one.

As soon as the explosion was over everybody rushed out to see who was hurt but in spite of the bright moonlight the fames of the bomb had so darkened the camp that it was difficult to see at all. Patients were crawling out of the tents with ghastly wounds, while some were killed outright. No lights could be lit for the enemy planes were still flying overhead at what appeared to be roughly 300 feet; they had evidently dropped all their bombs but were machine gunning the tents. The difficulties of dressing the dreadful wounds under the circumstances can be imagined. However something had to be done and Major Whitford decided to operate where necessary. Accordingly an operating theatre was improvised in the E.P. tent used as a mess by the men and all cases were dealt with. Bomb fragments were removed when they could be located & all patients were dressed. Capt Maguire & Capt Joyce acted as anaesthetists whilst Capt Leahy assisted Major Whitford. During all this time enemy planes were about, and were machine gunning the tents of the C.C.S's & the Ambulance, so that all lights had to be out until the immediate danger passed over, when they were lighted once more. To add to the confusion our own planes went up and as friend and foe were unable to be distinguished by us, we were inconvenienced almost as much by one as by the other.

Eventually, after many exciting spells of waiting in the darkness whilst the anaesthetist continued his task under the greatest difficulties, all cases were dealt with. The antiseptics used were carbolic and Hydrarg Perchlor. Abdominal wounds and chest wounds were not explored but lacerated & penetrating wounds of limbs and joints were explored and fragments removed. It is worthy of note that the fragment which entered the knee joint of Lt. Everett was removed by Major Whitford, the knee joint was drained with a rubber tube and the joint immobilised with a back splint. Lieut Everett was sent to Australia, where he made an uneventful and complete recovery. During these exciting hours when Major Whitford was operating, with the planes overhead and the bullets flying about. S/Sgt Johnny Walker rendered the greatest assistance as also did Corporal Bell, who worked the sterilizer and the primus stove. How the latter was able to do the wonders he did with a defective primus and attend at the same time to the provision of beef tea, cocoa and hot water bottles for our sundry, nobody can tell.

It was 3.30 a.m. next morning before all duties were completed and the Officers and their assistants adjourned to the wrecked Officers’ Mess to investigate the well-deserved contents of a bottle of "Johnny Walker", which was in the process of being opened when the raid commenced. However the presence of somebody unknown enabled him to forestall us, for the bottle had disappeared and we retired to a more or less restless slumber with cocoa alone to help us to forget the dreadful experiences of the previous eventful hours. At 6 a.m., the patients were sent to the C.C.S. No patients died with the exception of those killed outright. The D.D.M.S. Desert Column & the A.D.M.S., Imperial Mounted Division visited the scene of the outrage later in the day and it was decided to move the Imperial Mounted Division Units to Beni Sela, lest another raid should occur, that this was a wise move, later days proved for other raids occurred and we remained undisturbed at Beni Sela while the units remaining at Belah at least three times again endured the horrible ordeal of a moonlight aeroplane raid.

 

 

Roll of Honor

355 Trooper Frederick Wallace COX, 8th Light Horse Regiment.

 

722 Trooper David DORAN, 10th Light Horse Regiment.

829 Trooper Percival William DYER, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

 

3073 Trooper Henry John STOW, 10th Light Horse Regiment.

 

862 Sergeant William WALLACE, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917, Map 

The 3rd LHFA Tent after the Belah Air Raid, 4 May 1917 

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917


Posted by Project Leader at 11:59 PM EADT
Updated: Friday, 23 July 2010 11:48 AM EADT
Friday, 11 July 2008
3rd LHFA, AIF, Map of the Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA

3rd LHFA, AIF

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

Map of the Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917


Progressive bombing movement during the Belah Raid, 4 May 1917

[Click on map for a larger version.]

 

The above diagram is a hand drawn map outlining the layout of the Belah encampment and detailing the progress of the bombing that evening.

The bombing raid upon the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance was detailed in a chapter from the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance history written by Captain Gerald Stuart and transcribed on this site.

SeeThe Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917

 

 

Further Reading:

The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917

The 3rd LHFA Tent after the Belah Air Raid, 4 May 1917 

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917, Map

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 23 July 2010 12:29 PM EADT
Thursday, 10 July 2008
The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917, The 3rd LHFA Tent
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHFA

3rd LHFA, AIF

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

The 3rd LHFA Tent, 4 May 1917

 

The 3rd LHFA Tent after the Belah Air Raid, 4 May 1917

 

This rare photograph, taken on the morning after the air raid by a trooper from the 10th LHR, reveals the damage inflicted upon the hospital tent where in which five men were killed outright and about twenty others receiving additional wounds as most were already in the tent with wounds. It takes little to imagine the carnage inflicted by this raid.

 

 

Further Reading:

The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917  

3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance

3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Belah Bombing Raid, 4 May 1917, The 3rd LHFA Tent

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 23 July 2010 12:33 PM EADT

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