Cobbers In Khaki - The History of the 8th Battalion, by Ronald James Austin

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The term soon achieved popular acceptance, as a velY Australian alternative to the English 'Chum' or th more intimate Australian terms of 'Mate' or 'Cobber'. Members of A Company. Top row L-R; W Butterworth, E Alsop, 'Curley', DHJude. Centre L-R; W Lewis, W Raine, FG Stephens, EG Lay. Front row L-R; F Waldron, Percy Lay, W Hogg, T Dickson. -34- mE SANDS OF EGYPT On 10th March, the battalion marched out to the zoo, on one of its many route marches, however, the heat, the soft sand and the accompanying dust storms made conditions extremely difficult for the troops.

30 am, had been given the task of protecting the extreme left flank of the division. Once the remaining companies were landed in the vicinity of Ari Burnu at what came to be known as Anzac Cove, the 6th Battalion came ashore. The 5th Battalion and Brigade HQ were on the Novian, and their landing was delayed as the ship was without tows. Half of the 2nd Brigade was now ashore while their brigadier was stranded on his ship. Lieutenant Colonel 'Pompey' Elliott, the CO of the 7th Battalion, was the first senior officer of the 2nd Brigade ashore, and he sought some direction from Colonel Maclagen, the commander of the 3rd Brigade.

The new company appointments were: A Company Cold A and E Companies). OC-Lieutenant Colonel Field; 2/ IC - Captain Cowper. CSM - Ailwood; CQMS -Fay. B Company Cold D and G Companies). OC-Captain Sergeant; 2/ IC - Captain Hodg on. CSM-Kirsch; CQMS Johnson. C Company Cold Band H Companies). OC- Captain Coulter; 2/ IC - Captain Dale. CSM-Taylor; CQMS-Pollock. D Company (old C and F Companies). OC-Captain Trickey; 2/ IC - Captain Eberling, CSM-Leggo; CQMS-Peter. In JanualY, Colonel Bolton, who already had two son serving in the battalion [2/ Lt Jack Bolton & Private Hunter Bolton; the latter being commissioned in the 8th Battalion in May 1915], received news that Garfield, his other son, wa sailing to England to enlist.

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