An error-ridden Anzac Day feature for Fairfax's metropolitan newspapers a week ago has prompted an incredible 300-word correction in Saturday's papers. Dr Jonathan King, a journalist and historian who's written extensively on World War I, painted a colourful picture of the battle of Villers-Bretonneux, which occurred 100 years ago on Anzac Day. In it, he told how Sir John Monash had delivered an impassioned speech to troops to rally them to victory on the third anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, "fueled by those painful memories".

But as the correction reads, that speech never happened -- Monash was not involved in that particular battle, but had instead led Australian troops to a different victory: Le Hamel in July of the same year.