Troopships leave Albany 1914

The West Australian, November 19, 1914

The Commonwealth response to call to arms. Troops at Albany - a memorable event. Departure from Australia, Albany, November 18.

In these days of rapid news distribution, when the happenings of one day are chronicled within the ensuing 24 hours and noted or forgotten as their importance warrants, a retrospect of three weeks ago is dull reading.

Such have been the circumstances of the present war, however, that information regarding the military arrangements has often been delayed in the interests of the safety of the forces employed. An instance of this kind has to be recorded from Albany, but as it is possible that all mention of it has hitherto been withheld.

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News from the sea - an interesting letter 1914

The Singleton Argus, December 12, 1914

Corporal Frank Saunders, who is a Singleton lad, attatched to the Army Service Corps in the Expeditionary Force, now in Egypt, has written a long letter home to his parents, from which we take the following interesting extracts.

Writing of the departure of the troopships from Albany on November 1st, he says:
“Long before we got up, the sailors had us awake with their various duties up above, making preparations to start. At 6.15am up came our anchor and off we steamed in single file, we the 19th boat. One of the warships went ahead about seven or eight miles, then our flagship, followed by the fleet of 38 troopships. The warships are only five so far, but we are to pick up more later. It was a wonderful sight.

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Departure of Albany's Troops 1914

Albany Advertiser, September 2, 1914

Sixteen of the 20 men accepted in Albany for service in the extra 300 men required for the Expeditionary Force left for the camp by Sunday night's train. The men, a fine healthy and well set up lot, assembled at the drill all at 5.30, where they were addressed by the Mayor. The squad then formed up and headed by the Albany Band, marched to the station. The streets were lined with residents, while at the station yard there was a huge crowd eager to get a last glimpse of those who had volunteered for service at the front.

As the train pulled out, the crowd cheered and the band, played 'Auld Lang Syne. Among the number was an ex-member of the Grenadier Guards, in addition to a recently discharged private of the Royal Scots Regiment. The send-off accorded the troops was equal to that given to the first contingent, which left Albany a fortnight ago.

Comforts for the troops 1915

The Daily News, September 6, 1915

Mesdames J Gribble and Q B Marrlsh, who some, time ago arranged a series of progressive euchre tournaments as a means of  raising comforts for the Australians fighting at the front, have met with considerable success in their efforts.

Yesterday afternoon another of these tournaments was held and was largely attended; and a most enjoyable time was spent. In all six games were played, and no fewer than six ladies secured the full number of games.

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Arrival of Troops 1914

The Daily News (Perth) Arrival of Troops
August 8, 1914

By the train which arrived from Perth today came a contingent of troops, including 'A' Company of the 6th Regiment of Infantry, Naval Cadets and RAA.  

They assembled at the station and immediately proceeded to the forts. Excitement still runs high and every late report of the proceedings in connection with the war is eagerly sought. When the news was made known this afternoon that the motherland had accepted the offer of the Commonwealth to supply 20,000 troops the greatest enthusiasm prevailed and numbers of young upstanding men, all anxious to render aid to the British Empire, were rushing about eager to, enlist.

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