The Gallipoli Sentry who didn’t think much of ‘fried snapper’
The 11th Infantry Battalion of WW1 was formed mostly from Western Australians, trained at Blackboy Hill and included fathers, uncles, grandfathers of the men of 2/4th. They first fought at Gallipoli, landing at Anzac Cove. In August 1915 the battalion was in action in the Battle of Lone Pine. Following the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the battalion returned to Egypt where it was split to help form the 51st Battalion. In March 1916, the battalion was deployed to the Western Front in France and Belgium where it took part in trench warfare until the end of the war in November 1918.
The ‘Western Mail’ regularly wrote stories submitted by their veterans from the 1920’s through to 1940.
It is stories such as the one below which encouraged enlistment for WW2!
Below: 11th Battalion easily recognisable by this famous photograph below.
‘The 11th Battalion was raised at Blackboy Hill Camp near Perth and became the WA contribution to the 3rd Brigade in the 1st Division. The Third Brigade comprised Battalions from the smaller States. It was also destined to be the Covering Force (ie first ashore) at Gallipoli, and the 11th Battalion was to be the left forward Battalion.’
Les Carlyon’s book ‘Gallipoli’ referred to Suzanne Wellborn’s ‘Lords of Death’ which recorded a random statistical survey of half of the original 11th Battalion average age was 25.5 years. 89% were single, 58% were Anglican, 14% Roman Catholic. 34% were born in Britain, 31% in Victoria with only 17% born in West Australia.
Across Australia in 1914, 30% of those who enlisted were born in Britain.
THORNS, Arthur H.’Stanley’ – died 1918 with 51st Btn, initially joined 11th Battalion and fought at Gallipoli. He is uncle to Codge Thorns who died at Sandakan 1945
WX10370 ‘Doug’ Hall d. illness May 1944 aged 25 at Singapore having returned from Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Thailand. Doug’s father served with 11th Battalion WW1. Billy Hall returned to resume work as a miner at Kalgoorlie. Tragically he died at Wooroloo Sanatorium September 1923 aged 41. His son Doug was then 4 ½ years old.