"Eggs-a-Cook!" The Story of the Forty-Fourth: War as the Digger Fought It
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 216 pages
Author: C. Longmore
Year: (1921) 2010
Other: b&w photos, sketches, nominal roll
Publisher: Hesperian Press
This fourth edition of 'Eggs-a-Cook" is a facsimile of Cyril Longmore's own personal copy which contains his own annotations.
Eggs-a-Cook! relates the experience of the 44th Battalion of the Third Division in France during 1916-1918. The 44th Battalion was raised at Claremont, Western Australia in February 1916. It formed part of the 11th Brigade of the 3rd Australian Division, and soon became known as Old Bills Thousand after its first commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Mansbridge.
The battalion left Australia on 6 June and proceeded to Britain for further training. It arrived in France on 27 November and entered the front line trenches of the Western Front for the first time on 29 December. Longmore details their experiences in the Armentieres sector, 'Plugstreet,' Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Paschendale, Corbie, Hamel, Bray, and the Somme.
The battalion fought in its first major battle at Messines, in Belgium, between 7 and 10 June. In the months that followed it was heavily employed in the Ypres sector, taking part in another major battle to capture Broodseinde Ridge on 7 June, and participating in costly defensive operations in horrendous conditions. Of the 992 men from the battalion who were involved in the Ypres operations, only 158 emerged unwounded when it was relieved for a rest on 21 October.
2. Drill and Training
3. The Voyage to England
4. In Camp on Salisbury Plain
5. The Armentieres Sector
6. The Raids
8. Preparing for Messines
9. The Battle of Messines
10. The 19 Days' Stunt
11. The Battle of Broodseinde Ridge
13. The Break Through
14. "The Battle of Corbie!"
15. "Dob" (Lieut. R.E. Dobson)
16. The Action of Hamel
17. The Last 60 Days
19. The Advance Along the Somme
21. The 44th Final Fight
22. Looking Back
Dear Old "Blighty"
The French at Home
44th Battalion A.I.F. Nominal Roll
44th Battalion A.I.F. Nominal Roll of Ifficers