Left;The London Gazette Ay 11, 1917 www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30064/supplement/4592 The Gazette retrieved online 24/04/17. Right; Military Cross. Source: Wikimedia commons
On the 24th of July 1917, Lt. P.G. Taylor, as he recalls in his memoirs, was given the Military Cross and promoted to Captain. Unfortunately he received terrible news in the following days which overshadowed this prestigious award. Today many of Bill Taylor’s belongings are kept at the Australian War Memorial.
HMAS Sydney, whose Mast is a permanent memorial at Bradley’s Head, had a few interesting engagements in the North Sea. On June 1st, 1918, her 2-F1 Sopwith Camel was scrambled to take on German aircraft attacking HMAS Melbourne …
HMAS Sydney’s Mast at Bradleys Head.
Sadly our colleague Janis Papanicolaou passed away on 2/05/2018. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
The microfiche machine in Local Studies where Janis spent many hours indexing the ‘Mosman Daily’
Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen was known by many names in 1918:
le Diable Rouge, the Red Falcon, the Red Devil. Lieut. E. C. Banks fought an aerial battle with The Red Baron, just before he was killed. The question of who shot down Richthofen continued long after his death…
Some of the shell-shocked soldiers to whom Preston taught basket-weaving at the Seale-Hayne Neurological Military Hospital, Devonshire (UK). Preston is just out of camera to the right, but her black Scottish Terrier ‘Little Jim” can be seen sitting next to her in the bottom right-hand corner.
After the 1914-18 war Margaret Preston lived, and created artworks in Mosman.
During the war, Margaret and friend Gladys Reynell got the chance to help rebuild shattered lives.