On Friday 18 October 1889, tucked away on page seven of the Melbourne Argus, an announcement – the appointment of 35-year-old Captain F.S.L. Penno as assistant adjutant-general in the Victorian Military Forces.
‘In 1911 Australia became the first modern English-speaking country to demand universal and mandatory military training in times of peace; for 12- to 18-year-old boys. Caulfield Grammar School with its long-established Cadet Unit was an enthusiastic supporter of the scheme.’
Gustav Adolph (Gus) Ebeling was born at Percydale in the Pyrenees Ranges of the central Victorian goldfields on 5 March 1871.
Lt Colonel Charles Umphelby died of wounds received in action at Driefontein on 12 March 1900.
A paper based on an address delivered at a service commemorating the 2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney, on Sunday 26 May 2019 by Rear Admiral, the Honourable Justice M. J. Slattery, AM, QC, RAN Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force.
This is a rather unsatisfying book.