Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

This Day in History, 1915


AS wounded troops were returning from Gallipoli, others were being struck down even before they had left Australia.

An outbreak of meningitis at army camps in Victoria had hospitalis­ed a number of soldiers, including recruits from the North East. On August 25 1915, one of the victims of the meningitis epidemic was buried at Footscray. He was Private the Rev. Walter Benjamin Bauer, who had been in camp at the Flemington Showground­s. The death of the Rev. Bauer the previous day had caused profound shock in the district - in Wangaratta, where he had been the first student at St Columbs Hall College, at Milawa and Whorouly districts where he was active in pastoral work, at Tallangatt­a where he was posted after his ordination, at Longwood, his posting following Tallangatt­a, and at Mansfield, his residence from 1910.

A number of other North Eastern soldiers died of the disease.

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