Two Great Uncles of mine.
Solders from the 54th Battalion, Peronie, 1918
No 1The Battles of The Nations
Composed by J.H.Stettler
Written by P.G. Stettler ParramattaJan 10 1916We left Australia on 1st/8/16 amid cheers and shouts for we were going to an unknown land to face danger some of us never to return again but we left with smiling faces we had a joyful time on the voyage we finally reached our destinstion after eight weeks we arrived at Plymouth after 12 hours travelling we arrived at our camp were we went through 3 weeks training orders were then received to entrain for France thence to Boulongne thence to Etables were we were given the taste of the actual warfare consisting of bully beaf strong tea and bullet proof biscuits it was very refreshing after travelling but we finally reached our battalion at beaue after a few days rest we were sent with our battalion to the lines
Page 10]we left some of our men in the second trench Some of our Noblest mates to a Endless rest Some of them men who took Part in Eventful day in the landing at the Peninsula but are now unfortunate heroes who were loving to see it through and to do their Duty till the final day of victory came but such is war on arriving back we were obliged to make ourselfs Comfortably as possible but warned to be on the alert but little Could be had for the bursting shells at A about 2 oclock our Artillery gave Fritz a lively few minutes and we received word that our Relieving battalion had advanced Farther Later the heaviest bombardments from the commencement of the advance the heaviest guns were pouring in from three sides of Perfect deluge of shelling and Particular rough time for us advanced among Shrapnel men falling like Rain some wounded and killed outright and a vast number were put out of action a common Sight were Enemies are drawn together in heavy conflict with hand to hand fighting it was then that some of our bravest officers and men met their doomThe End
Written By Pte p.g. Stettler Parramatta
Composed by J H Stettler Parramatta
The End[Transcribed by June Pettit for the State Library of New South Wales]
Patrick Joe Stettler vs. John Marsden and his wife & John Stettler vs.John Marsden and his wife. Patrick was with a Miss Clark and his brother at the pictures when Mr and Mrs Marsden sat next to them. Patrick was telling Miss Clark about the treatment by the English of Australian Soldiers in France when Mrs Marsden said "You haven't seen France, You are a cold-footer."
There were several witnesses, as the theater was full and Mrs Marsden's remarks made many people take notice of them. Mrs Marsden had apparently taken offence that Patrick was talking down the English. Mr Marsden tried to apologise, but John threatened to hit him.
A few days after the incident Mr Marsden met the boys mother, Isabella in the street, and again tried to apologise. In the end, Mrs Marsden was found guilty in both court cases and fined.