Approaching from Bethungra, we arrive on Day #7, Friday Sept 11 for our first weekend with a two night stop in town, camping at the Showground. The Cootamundra community has formed an active committee with plans in hand for a fully-engaged weekend!
On December 7th the marchers arrived at Stratton Mill which was the boundary of Cootamundra. They had completed the seventeen miles from Bethungra at a fast pace. At Stratton Mill they were greeted by the Mayor (Alderman White) councillors and 130 recruits from the 44th regiment stationed at the Cootamundra camp under the command of Captain Gee.
The marchers were accompanied the rest of the way into Cootamundra by the usual assortment of enthusiastic locals and they were again entertained by the Cootamundra community – this time at the local military camp where they would spend the night.
Five more marchers from the Riverina area and six from the Tumut area would join the Kangaroos at Cootamundra.
R.W. Burns, C.E. Downing, C.A. Fifield, C. Fitzgerald, E. Foster, L.J. Hall, E. Hamilton, J. Haydon, E.T. Hogan, D.G. Holmes, F. Hopkins, J.M. King, W.J. King, H.C. Klein, J. Marshall, J.J. O’Sullivan, A. Preston, W.J. Richards, J.M. Rigg, W. Robertson, J.J. Rodd, A.J. Squires, E.G. Stanfield, E.H. West. Some of these men came from Tumut Adelong or Gundagai.
In Flanders, the flooding of the Yser river compels the Germans to abandon their advanced positions – a year to the day after their last failed attempt to cross the Yser had resulted in the race to the channel – a series of desperate attempts by both sides to outflank their opponents to the North. The failure of these attempts would begin four years of trench warfare on the western front.
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