3rd Tunnelling Company

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Will Dyson, Tunnellers Under German Territory, c1918.

3rd Australian Tunnelling Company

The 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company went to the Fauquissart area and took over chalk workings at Hill 70 near Loos.[1] In July 1917, while fighting quite improperly as infantry, they captured an entire German mining system. [2]

They were present at Nouex-le-Mines, near Bethune, France.[3]

Leslie J. Coulter was wounded and received a DSO at Laventie near Loos. He died on 28 June 1917.

By February 1917 the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company had lost four officers and 71 men, with 17 dying of illness. [4]

On 25 September 1918 thirteen men of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company refused to go forward to the front line. They received sentences of one to two years. [5]

By the end of World War One 1313 had served with the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company had lost 6 officers and 24 men. 290 had been wounded and 205 invalided due to sickness.[6]


Enlistments in the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company from Ballarat and Surroundings

Leslie J. Coulter, student of the Ballarat School of Mines", 1907. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection

B

Frederick W. Benbow; Richard B. Boyce; Maurice Bruton, Norman Buley

C

Leslie J. Coulter; Thomas W. Cullen

D

Edward A. Dingle;

H

Timothy E. Hanley

J

Edwin C. Jenkins; William A. Jones

K

Mack J. M. Kerby; Arthur Kemp

L

William John Lavars; Hamilton Liddiard

M

George McWilliam

P

Rupert C. Pritchard

R

Walter Ramsay

V

Frederick W. Vale

W

James Wallace; Alfred H. Williams; Charles W. Whyte

Battlefield of Ypres Bethune is shown at the south-west corner. Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Newsworthy

A WAR RELIC. The officers and men of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company have presented to the 'Wilderness School, Medindie, a gas alarm bell, captured at Hill 70, Loos, on August 15, 1917. The gift is in tended as a mark of appreciation of the efforts of the children in supporting then comforts fund during the-war, and will be used daily as a school bell.[7]

Also See

Australian Mining Corps

1st Tunnelling Company

2nd Tunnelling Company

4th Tunnelling Company

5th Tunnelling Company

6th Tunnelling Company

Other Sites

http://tunnellers.net/corps_history/foreword.pdf

Wombat Borer, 30 January 1918 - http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E01689/


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