Pages from Hunter Region in the Great War


©2017 Greg and Sylvia Ray

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Printed by NCP Printing, Steel River, Newcastle

Published by Greg and Sylvia Ray

ISBN 978-0-9871883-7-3

Special thanks to Chad Watson, Ken Fayle,

Julie Baird, Dulcie Hartley and David Dial

Acknowledgements to:

Geoffrey Boyle, for providing the late Harry Boyle’s bound volumes of The Sydney Mail

Christine Bramble, for information about nurses in the Great War

Ann Campbell and Robyn Wickham, for excerpts from Maitland’s Gallipoli Campaign

Margaret A. Clark, and Manning Valley Historical Society, for use of excerpts from their publications, especially

the photos and letters of Bob Gibson.

Keith Cockburn, Maitland and District Historical Society, for use of photographs

Warren and Lynne Dalton, for use of James Dalton’s letters and photographs

The Diemar family, and Tomaree Family History Group, for excerpts from Anzacs of the Tomaree Peninsula

David Downing, for excerpts from To the Last Ridge, by Walter H. Downing

Penny Ferguson, for use of Ben Champion’s photographs, diaries and letters

Authors John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher, for use of material from Their Story

Robert Gummow, Christ Church Cathedral

Anne Hudson, for use of photographs by William Fraser

Author and historian Jonathan King, for use of photograph and letter from Basil Helmore

Guy Littler, for information about his ancestors

Steve Martin, step-grandson of Joseph Maxwell VC, and Harper Collins publishing, for help with excerpts from

Hell’s Bells and Mademoiselles

Roland Millbank, for sharing his research on the Great War treasures of Newcastle Christ Church Cathedral

John Ramsland, for information from his books on Joe Maxwell and on Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club

Moira Sanderson, and Raymond Terrace Historical Society, for use of material from their book Echoes of War

Pen and Sword Publishing (UK), for excerpts from With the German Guns, by Herbert Sulzbach.

Ed Tonks, for sharing his research and photographs

Kenneth Tyrrell, for information about his musical ancestor

Robert Unicomb, and the Pauls family, for use of the diary and albums of Ernest Pauls

Patrick Wilson, for excerpts from So Far from Home, the remarkable diaries of Eric Evans

Chris Young, for cards and memorabilia from the estate of Ruby Billett

Frontispiece photo: Farewelling Hunter troops from Broadmeadow Railway Station, circa 1916

Photo: Newcastle Regional Museum

Cover illustration: Newcastle’s Anzac Memorial Walk, opened in 2015 to mark the centenary of the

Gallipoli landing and the centenary of steelmaking in Newcastle.

Photo: Sylvia Ray

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