Message from
Lieutenant-General Sir H. B. Walker
K.CB., K.C.M.G., D.S.O.,
In command of the 1st Brigade and subsequently the 1st Division.
To Lieutenant-Colonel D. T. Moore, Officers, N.C.Os and men of the 3rd Battalion A.I.F.

I greatly appreciate having been asked by your historian to add a message to you on the publication of your Regimental History.

I had the honour to have the battalion under my command as G.O.C. 1st Brigade on Gallipoli, and subsequently as the divisional commander till 30 June 1918.

I am very grateful at having this opportunity of paying tribute to your consistent gallantry and high standard of efficiency during those trying times. Space does not permit my saying all I should like, and my Gallipoli diaries, which recorded so much of the doings of your battalion there, were lost when I was evacuated for wounds in October 1915. But I have vivid recollections of my close association with your original battalion commander, Colonel Owen – of his friendship and charming personality – and then the capture of Lone Pine i which your battalion participated and where, if my memory serves me right, you list 70 per cent of your officers, including one of my warmest friends, Colonel E.S. Brown – whose body, I fear, was never recovered [*] – with his death and the and the loss of so many officers, the possibility of having someone able to speak on behalf of so much individual gallantry on the part of survivors, was lost.

And then in France when I lost a personal friend in McConaghy, and Howell-Price – the first of the three gallant brothers to give their lives.

Your battalion with its accustomed gallantry and sangfroid took part in the costly through successful attacks at Pozières.

Colonel Moore must look back with pride and satisfaction on the prominent part he and his battalion played in the complicated but entirely successful attack on Hermies in April in 1917, which was one of the most important operations carried out that year in front of the Hindenburg Line. A few days later the battalion again demonstrated its high standard of training and gallantry, in successfully resisting the German attack on the 1st Brigade front. Here the division held a front of over 12,000 yards.

In no case was the battalion fornt penetrated, whereas the German dead lay thick before them.

In the Second Battle of Bullecourt, in the following month, your battalion was taken to reinforce the 2nd Division – and I learnt afterwards the COlonel Moore’s cool-head tactics and the gallantry of his battalion contributed largely to success.

Through the long drawn out Third Battle of Ypres, your battalion added to its reputation for unflinching bravery, losing some 20 officers and over 400 other ranks.

In 1918 on the Hazebrouck front your battalion heavily defeated a German attack on your line, and again later it operated on a strong raid on Meteren, thus helping to prepare the way for a next forward advance of the 1st Division if required. Here my lengthy association with you and the A.I.F. terminated. But I have been able to follow your carrer through Reveille to some extent, and your doings in Lord Rawlinson’s Army during the closing scenes of the War in France. Here the capture of “Bif Bertha” and the Battle of Chuignes by your battalion appeals to me as one of your crowning achievements in the war.

New South Wales has reason to be proud of its battalions, but of none more so than yours.

Harold Walker

Palace Lodge,
5th February, 1934.

* [The Red Cross file of Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Samuel BROWN has a statement from a stretcher bearer in the 3rd stating that BROWN was last seen in the first Turkish line at Lone Pine. His remains must have ultimately been recovered because he was reburied in Plot II. E. 6. of Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey]