Comfort for Troops 1919

The Daily News, May 12, 1919

Two vessels carrying returned wounded soldiers to Australia, including a number for this State, arrived at Albany on Wednesday. The Orient Company's steamer City of Poonah arrived and being in quarantine, the soldiers for Western Australia were landed for at least three days at the quarantine station, while the men from the P&O Company’s Dongola were also landed in quarantine.

Immediately on arrival, Mr W. G. Rawnsley, acting on behalf of the Red Cross Society, sent over to the men at the quarantine station, 2,000 packets of cigarettes, 51b of tobacco, 12 dozen toothbrushes, six dozen toothpastes, one gross toilet soap and a quantity of fruit.

In addition, a box of drugs, one drum methylated spirits, 125 cases fresh fruit, five parcels reading matter, 3,000 packets cigarettes, 12lb. tobacco, five cases condensed milk, one case malted milk, 1cwt. biscuits,1/2cwt currants,1/2cwt sweets, and 1/2cwt prunes were sent on board the Dongola, while to the City of Poonah, 214 cases fresh fruit, four parcels reading matter, five tins biscuits, 2,000 packets cigarettes, six dozen toothpaste, 61 shirts, two cases chocolate, four cases soap, five cases tinned fruit, 15 dozen tins cocoa, four cases tinned fish 18 gross matches and one box of sundries from the Trench Comforts, Perth.