South Australian Involvement

15th January

1915 Armed troops raid office of SA Attorney-General Hermann Homburg

18th January

1915 SA Attorney-General Hermann Homburg resigns

2nd April

1917 The actions of J C Jensen at Noreuil, France lead to him being awarded a Victoria Cross

22nd April

1941 Evacuation of Greece begins marking the end of the ill-conceived Greek campaign which lasted only three weeks.

24th April

1915 South Australian Troops from the 10th Battalion boarded the Prince of Wales and Foxhound bound for Gallipoli

1915 At dawn on April 24th, four ships, carrying chiefly the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade, sailed from Mudros bound

25th April

1915 ANZAC Day

1915 SA Troops from the 10th Battalion landed at Gallipoli

24th May

1966 Anniversary of the death of Private Errol Wayne Noack. Private Noack was the first National Serviceman to die in Vietnam

2nd July

1915 First Violet Day

4th July

1918 Lance Corporal T.L. Axford, 16th Battalion, originally from Carrieton, SA, earns the Victoria Cross at Vaire & Hamel Woods,

7th July

1942 Australia's 9th Division saw action at El Alamein

8th July

1942 460 Squadron raids Wilhelmshaven a major German port severely damaging an armour plate shop and the Deutsche Werke ship building yards

10th July

1940 Beginning of the Battle of Britain

1940 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Britain

19th July

1916 Battle of Fromelles in which troops from SA's 32nd Battalion took part and suffered heavy losses

23rd July

1916 Lieutenant A.S. Blackburn, 10th Battalion, originally from Woodville, South Australia, wins the Victoria Cross at Pozières, France.

1916 The Battle for Pozières Village commenced on the 23 July 1916 and continued through to 29 July

3rd August

1915 First cohort of Dardanelles wounded arrives in Semaphore on HMAT Ballarat

1916 The Australian Light Horse was involved in the battle of Romani, Egypt. The battle signalled the end of the defence of the Suez Canal.

5th August

1914 Emergency regulations foreshadowed by SA Premier Peake in Parliament.

1916 The Battle of Mouquet Farm, Pozieres (France) commenced on this day resulting in more than 11,000 AIF casualties over a 4 week campaign

8th August

1916 German Schools Discontinuance Bill

1916 Battle for Mouquet Farm, France. 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm.

10th August

1914 10th Battalion commences recruiting

1914 Voluntary recruitment for the First AIF begins

1919 Corporal A. Sullivan, 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (ex-AIF), from Crystal Brook, SA awarded a Victoria Cross at Dvina River, North Russia

11th August

1900 The Protector leaves Sydney for the Boxer Rebellion. She was the flagship of South Australia's naval force and the longest-serving ship

13th August

1914 Prices Regulation Act

16th August

1915 Torrens Island Camp closes

1st September

1915 Wattle Day

2nd September

1918 Corporal L C Weathers, of South Australia's 43rd Battalion, is awarded the Victoria Cross at Péronne capturing 180 prisoners & machine guns

7th September

1915 Australia's First Anzac Gallipoli memorial service conducted at the Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph in Adelaide

2015 100th Anniversary of the first Gallipoli Anzac Memorial Service at the Australasian Soldiers Dardanelles Cenotaph, Adelaide South Australia

18th September

1918 Private James P Woods, from Two Wells, SA, is awarded the Victoria Cross at Le Viguier, France, on one of the last engagements of WWI

8th October

1915 Soldiers Liquor Restriction Bill

9th October

1914 Torrens Island Internment Camp opens

20th October

1914 10th Battalion embark from Outer Harbour on HMAT Ascanius

4th November

1915 Opening of Cheer Up Hut

5th November

1914 Cheer-Up Society formed

17th November

1915 Constitution Amendment Bill (Franchise to Foreigners)

8th December

1915 Returned Soldier Association formed (now known as the Returned & Services League of Australia Limited)

10th December

1915 Enemy Property Act