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Thanks for Peter Moogk for reaching out to me we have another moment if the 18th Battalion’s history captured and shared. This image shows the officers of “C” Company in September 1915 at West Sandling. To put that month in context, the Battalion left for England on the night of the 14th and had been in active preparations cleaning up from their training, such as filling in the trenches at Tolsford Hill, to being part of the 2nd Division review with H.M. King George on September 2, 1915.

If a guess was to be hazarded about the date of this photograph I would put forward that date. All the officers are suitably attired and one can almost see their Sam Browns with the leather gleaming.

Offices of the “C” Company 18th Battalion, West Sandling Camp, Shorncliffe, England. September 1915. From Left to right: Lt. Ken Mcrimmon, Lt. James Baxter (adjt.), Capt. Ed Shuttleworth, Major James Sale, Lt. Stuart McKeough, and Lt. George Kerr. Source: by email from Peter Moogk.

How very soon their lives would change.

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