March 2012

Major-General Sir Nevill M. Smyth, V.C., K.C.B.,
In command of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade from May, 1915 to December, 1916.

The valour, endurance and intelligence of the Australian soldier shone conspicuously under the most trying conditions of the war of 1914 to 1919, and the authentic record of the 3rd Australia Battalion reveals deeds so heroic and so prodigious that I commend its perusal to every Australian and to every person who revers the noble deeds of our forebears, and draws inspiration from the pictures which fill the imagination when we read the actions of such men as Abercromby, Lord Nelson, Broke, Livingstone, General Gordon, and others to whose noble characters, unheard of by the world, are only known to a few.



To my Comrades of the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F.
Brigadier-General W. B. Lesslie,
C.B., C.M.G., R.E.,
Commanded 1st Infantry Brigade, A.I.F., 1917-18.

This record of the service of the battalion throughout the Great War must comment itself to you, and to all others who had the good fortune to be associated with you.

It is fitting that the forward has been written by Sir Nevill Smyth, V.C., who was your brigade commander in muc