The war had been in progress more than two years when the Thirty-Seventh Battalion A.I.F, and it's sister battalions of the Third Division set foot in France on November 23, 1916.
The men of the other four divisions of infantry of the A.I.F, variously nicknamed them "The Neutrals", "Monash's Darlings" , "The Larkhill Lancers", and "Eggs-a-cook", because of their late arrival at the front. But the battalion has a place of honour in 14 major battles, as well as in many other tactically lesser, but equally valiant fights.
In common with the other units of the Third Division, the original battalion went straight from Australia to England and had a long, thorough and intensive training on Salisbury Plain under the personal, exacting and relentless control of Major-General Monash.
2700 officers and men served in the Thirty-Seventh, with 63% of them under the age of 25 yrs.The 37th's battle casualties through out the war amounted to 19 officers and 442 men killed, 52 officers and 1220 men wounded, seven officers and 206 men gassed, and two officers and eight men taken prisoner, wounded in the enemy lines.
Never once in all the fighting of 1917-18 did the enemy pierce the Thirty-Seventh's lines, although at times the battalion was below one-third strength. The few prisoners who were lost were taken in attacks upon the enemy, not in German attacks upon the Australians.
One officer of the battalion - Captain R.C.Grieve was awarded the Victoria Cross, two the Distinguished Service Order, 18 the Military Cross, eight men won the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 68 the Mlitary Medal, (one with bar), and one gained both the D.C.M and the M.M.
Nearly all the information about the 37th Battalion - Nominal Roll ect - is taken from "The History of the 37th Battalion. A.I.F wriiten by N.G.McNicol. The owner of this site acknowledges that without McNicol's tremendous work compiling the History it would be impossible to have such an insight into the comradeship and pride of the 37th men.
I would also like to acknowledge the following people for their ongoing support and assistance in researching the men of the 37th
Frank Gundrill and Family - Children of Alfred Gundrill -
Bert Sutton - Son of Christopher Sutton M.M -
great people who encourage and inspire me to keep going
The Family of Norman McNichol for letting me use information from The Battalion History on
this site and so generously allowing me to see their Fathers wealth of information
Yves Fohlen - My Froggy Cobber - who's assistance from France has been invaluable and
so greatly appreciated
Peter Mayberry and Danny Dedobbelaere for the photographs of Tyne Cot and
Wendy Tucknott - Grandaughter of Cornelius Tucknott who has supported this site from it's very
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