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Jacka moved about the trench, firing at an angle, using other men’s rifles and reloading as he went. Whenever a Turkish rifle appeared around the corner he fired. Again and again he ducked bullets and retreated to his firestep. Crabbe gathered three volunteers from A Company, and when they reached the communications trench near Jacka’s line, Jacka slung his rifle over the top of his trench and followed it, landing in the communications trench with them. They would fight their way up this trench to the new front line and meet the Turks head on.
Albert was right in the middle, and quickly developed a fiercely protective attitude towards his siblings in the rough and tumble of country life. 2 And while in later years their father mellowed, Nathaniel ruled his family with the proverbial rod of iron. Albert was his favourite, but Albert was the only one who stood up to him. It was a character trait that would grow and flower. Nathaniel had leased a few acres outside Wedderburn but supported the family by carting goods to and from Bendigo and the big properties of the district.
C. ’5 Orders to attack at Polygon Wood reached the 14th Battalion on 24 September 1917: The 4th Brigade will assume offensive operations in two stages. 1st stage (red line), 2nd stage (blue line). 16th Battalion will secure the red line. 15th and 14th Battalions on a frontage of about 500 yards will secure the blue line. 13th Battalion will be in reserve in position now occupied. The barrage will be put down 150 yards in front of our forming up line at zero. It will begin to advance at zero plus three minutes at the rate of 52 Bravest PAGES 31/1/08 12:33 PM Page 53 ‘The bravest man in the Aussie Army’ 100 yards in four minutes for 200 yards; thereafter and up to the red line, the rate will be 100 yards in six minutes.