Brothers in arms played vital role
rightly enshrine veterans such as Alec Campbell for their service to our country, but the stories of other Tasmanian servicemen and women deserve our recognition.
In 1916 and ’17, a reader of either the London Gazette or Commonwealth Gazette could be forgiven for believing both had been victim of a typographical error.
At first glance, it appears a Lieutenant Maxwell of the 52nd Infantry Battalion, has been listed twice for the same award — the prestigious Military Cross. On closer examination the crucial detail emerges — different initials.
Of six sons born to Crawford and Caroline
Maxwell, of Hobart, the youngest, Duncan, 22, was first to “sign on”, at Pontville in 1914 and allotted to the 3rd Light Horse Regiment. Three weeks later, in Sydney, the next oldest sibling, Arthur, 26, signed up and took assignment to the 6th Light Horse Regiment.
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The brothers united at Quinn’s Post, Gallipoli, 1915, operating as a sniping team. Upon withdrawal from Gallipoli the Maxwell boys found they were no longer light horse troopers but newly minted 2nd Lieutenants of Infantry in the newly created 52nd Battalion. And so to France.
They disembarked at Marseilles and made their way to a Western Front debut in the Petillon Sector, west of Armentieres. On July 11, orders came for First, Second and Fourth Australian Infantry Divisions to move south, to the Somme, with immediate effect.
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On July 23, the 1st Australian Infantry Division, fresh from Armentieres, mounted the first successful assault on this heavily defended strongpoint. They succeeded in cracking the first line of defence, gaining ground within Pozieres itself.
Throughout August, in a series of brutal frontal assaults under an almost continual deluge of frighteningly accurate enemy artillery, Australian infantry of all three divisions held the village and reached out to the commanding space of the ridge top. Holding their gains which in recent times has shown it is prepared to stand up to the populist nonsense of the Hodgman Government, must reject Gutwein’s folly. was expensive; all three infantry divisions left Pozieres, on relief, resembling blankeyed, haunted shadows of the bold young soldiers heading the other way only days before.
On August 31, brigade orders for the next assault were issued to officers and from sunset they began filtering their men into the frontline and “jumping off” trenches ahead of the frontline.
Once in position, battalion intelligence officer Lt Arthur Maxwell moved along the line checking watch synchronisation and unit orientation. It was a good thing he did — one company had become disoriented in the dark and was facing at right Under the proposed law Mr Gutwein puts forward that he can seize the assets of the shareholders — local councils — without having to pay just angles to its intended line.
First reports received at 0640 hours by 13th Brigade headquarters, crowded into a dugout hard by Pozieres cemetery, boded well — Mouquet Farm may be captured this day!
Before the farm could be cleared or defence lines established, heavy and accurate artillery shells began to rain down and through a hail of dirt, debris and dust could be dimly seen heavy numbers of enemy soldiers rushing forward to recover the ground just lost.
The advanced sections of 51st, around and in the farm, were, after a bloody fight, defeated in detail. On the right, 49th Battalion had