The front page of the Advertiser, 5 August, 1914
Advertiser, December 1917
Cheer-up birthday: button day celebration
The Cheer-up Society, which began its excellent career in a small way, has done much splendid work in entertaining soldiers, both before their departure for the front line and upon their return. On Friday the people of Adelaide were afforded an opportunity of assisting to celebrate the third anniversary of the establishment of this progressive organisation in a practical manner. With the consent of the State War Council, a “button day” was ‘ arranged; and no fewer than six types of souvenirs, besides other ‘articles^ were disposed of at stalls placed in various parts of the city and by young ladies in the streets, in aid of the Cheer-up funds
The Reinforcements Referendum. VOTING DAY-DECEMBER 20
The Question: Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Australian Imperial Force overseas?
Vote YES: The world has seen the treatment meted out by Germany to the conquered. The war is still undecided. The fate of civilisation hangs in the balance The whole resources of the Empire are wanted. Consideration, calm and deliberate, is demanded from every elector. The great question of Australia’s share in the war must be answered on December 20th. Unless Australia continues to put up a fight in the national cause, and in the interests of civilisation and security, how long will this fair country be spared in its isolation from the despoiling hands of the fiends of war? The war is not won yet, and every man and woman must mobilise m some way to help in achieving victory. All can assist in that direction on December 20 by recording a Yes vote, so that the Australian troops at the front may be supported.
Jerusalem falls: completely environed; holy places safe; official entry to-day
The King’s Congratulations. An official dispatch states:-“His Majesty the King has sent the following message to General Allenby:-The news of the occupation’ of Jerusalem will be received
throughout the Empire with the greatest satisfaction. I heartily congratulate you and all ranks under your command on the success of an achievement which is a fitting sequel to the hard marching and the hard fighting of the troops, and the organisation by which difficulties of supply, transport, and water were overcome. I rejoice that your skilful dispositions preserved intact the holy places.
December has been marked by battalion reunions at the Cheer-up Hut. That of the 1Oth
and 50th on December 5 was presided over by Colonel Weir, and was the largest yet held. On the 6th Major Baker was chairman of an enthusiastic gathering of the 16th and 45th. On the 12th Sergeants Wilkie and Hannam arranged a fine social evening for the 3rd Light Horse, Major Barrett in the chair; and on Saturday evening Colonel Coghill will preside over the first reunion of the 32nd Battalion.