ID number EXDOC008
Title White, Ralph Moreton (2nd Lieutenant)
Record type Collection
Item count 1
Collection Private Record
Object type Records
Maker White, Ralph Moreton (Maker)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Pozieres Area, Pozieres
Date made 1916
Measurement 1 leaf: 17 cm x 12 cm on mount 22 x 21 cm.
Note Open

Description

Collection relating to service of Major Ralph Moreton White MC, 9 Battalion, Pozieres, France, 1916. Collection includes a note from White to his Commanding Officer reporting on battle progress; his dangerous position; the lack of machine gun ammunition, and the need for senior officers.

Summary

This item may have been on exhibition at either the Sydney or Melbourne exhibitions of the Australian War Memorial.

Note reads " 23.7.1916.
To: O C 9 Battn [Battalion]
From: Lt R M White

Am now only officer here at present am in a precarious position & am being enfiladed.

Have no machine gun ammunition or stretcher bearers.

Am doing best but request presence of more & senior officers. Snipers are pretty bad in old buildings of Pozieres.

Am mixed up with 1st Brigade and 11th Battn [Battalion]
[Signed] R. M. White Lt
Casualties at present very light but expect some at daylight"