Private Jack Gaghan (SN 2370) in South Australia, 1915.
John "Jack" Gaghan was born at Petersburg or Tarcowie, South Australia, on 7 October 1897 to Sarah Gaghan, née McDonald, a presbyterian mother. In 1915 he was single and worked as a labourer in Tarcowie, a small town in South Australia. He decided to enlist at Keswick on 24 March 1915 and served with the 10th Infantry Battalion. Gaghan embarked on HMAT Kanowna A61 in Adelaide on 23 June 1915. After a time in Egypt he was redirected to London, where he suffered injuries and was then placed for combat. He was shot in his right forearm on 21 September 1917 and wounded again on 31 May 1918, this time a gunshot on his right knee. He recovered in September and rejoined his unit, and eventually returned to Australia in 1919, where he received the Victory and British War Medals three years later, as well as a 1914-15 Star. He had served 4 years and 105 days. Gaghan was married to Noemie Ashken Arzeian and died 20 December 1933.
Source: State Library of South Australia (Ron Blum Collection: B73109)
This is a US Military Harley Davidson with an added gunshield and armoured chassis with sidecar, built in 1916 and designed by William Harley, and armed with a M1909 Hotchkiss / Benét–Mercié machinegun converted to 30-06 in it's land fed by straight ammunition strips you can see down to the left of the image- the variant used for these armoured motorcycles was the 'Portative' lightweight variant, and it was attached to the motorcycles via the tripod mount and used with 3 linked together 25 round feed strips for a total of 75 rounds ready in the initial engagement, with additional strips behind the gunner's position.
There was a few of these up-armoured bikes that saw limited use by Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing in the Pancho Villa Expedition by the US military to the Mexican Civil War between March 14, 1916, to February 7, 1917, as well as armed variants being used later during WW1 as part of specialised 'Motor Mobile Infantry' units, with various different armaments, armour (or lack of it) as well as in more conventional non-armed roles like medical transport.
In total, 20,007 motorcycles of the two manufacturers were shipped overseas by the end of WW1.
HMS Queen Mary explodes during the Battle of Jutland, May 31, 1916
She was hit twice by the German battlecruiser Derfflinger during the early part of the battle and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship.
One shell hit forward and detonated one or both of the forward magazines, which broke the ship in two near the foremast. Stationed inside 'Q' turret, MidshipmanJocelyn Latham Storey survived and reported that there had been a large explosion forward which rocked the turret, breaking the left gun in half, the gun breech falling into the working chamber and the right gun coming off its trunnions. Cordite in the working chamber caught fire and produced poisonous fumes that asphyxiated some of the turret's crew. It is doubtful that an explosion forward could have done this, so 'Q' turret may have been struck by the second shell. A further explosion, possibly from shells breaking loose, shook the aft end of the ship as it began to roll over and sink. Tiger, the battlecruiser behind her, was showered with debris from the explosion and forced to steer to port to avoid her remains. 1,266 crewmen were lost; eighteen survivors were picked up by the destroyers Laurel, Petard, and Tipperary, and two by the Germans.
Queen Mary, along with the other Jutland wrecks, has been declared a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 to discourage further damage to the resting place of 1,266 officers and men. Surveys of this site conducted by nautical archaeologist Innes McCartney in 2001–03 have shown the wreck is in three sections, with the two forward sections being heavily damaged and in pieces. Her aft end is upside down and relatively complete except for her propellers, which have been salvaged. Examination of the damage to the ship has suggested that the initial explosion was not in the magazine of 'A' or 'B' forward main turrets, but instead in the magazine of the forward 4-inch battery. An explosion of the quantity of cordite in the main magazine would have been sufficient to also ignite 'Q' magazine, destroying much more of the ship. The explosion in the smaller magazine would have been sufficient to break the ship in two, the blast then spreading to the forward magazine and ripping apart the forward section
Town class light cruiser HMS Glasgow, seen here in Valparaiso, Chile. Lightly damaged by German cruisers during the Battle of Coronel she in turn assisted in the sinking of SMS Leipzig during the Battle of the Falklands.
We are a non commercial community interested only in the discussion of all things military.
We do not sell or authorise the use of images hosted on our servers, if you wish to purchase or use imagery contact the uploader directly.(you will need to register). Any requests received to purchase or use imagery will be ignored. Thank you and welcome to MI.Net
You have been here as a guest for a while, I guess we are doing something right?
Register as a member and join in the discussions, its completely free and we would welcome your contributions.
All the best admin - MI.Net
We value your privacy
We use essential cookies to make this site work, and optional cookies to enhance your experience.