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AN EXCERPT FROM DENIS WINTER'S BOOK, 25 APRIL 1915 - THE INEVITABLE TRAGEDY, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND PRESS, 1994.
"The question of who was first ashore became another contentious issue soon after the landing. The Sydney Mail proposed Joseph Stratford, a New South Wales man who had enlisted in Queensland's 9th Battalion and died during the first day. Lismore claimed the honour for its son and a school in Queensland was named after him. But Duncan Chapman, another 9th Battalion man, claimed priority in a letter dated 24 June 1915: "My boat was the first to land and, being in the bow, I was the first man to leap ashore." Bean supported Chapman and mentioned Frank Kemp, a sergeant scout, who corroborated the story. But since the tows landed on both sides of a peninsula with only the dimmest glimmer of dawn to illuminate the scene, it is difficult to discover a solid basis for any claim on this score."

In later years I was to serve as the Secretary of the 9th AIF Association, at the behest of LtCol John Simson, and I took ale many times with Jim Bostock who steadfastly claimed that he was the first ashore on that fateful day. For some more detail see
here.
[Maj Peter Newland RFD Retd]

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