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1 Major T.W. Edgeworth David
HMAT A38 Ulysses Departed Sydney, NSW February 1916 Arrived Melbourne, VIC February Departed Melbourne, VIC March Arrived Fremantle, WA March Departed Fremantle, WA April Arrived Suez, Egypt April Departed Suez, Egypt April Arrived Port Said, Egypt April Departed Port Said, Egypt April Arrived Alexandria, Egypt 25 April Embarked Alexandria, Egypt 27 April Arrived Valetta, Malta April Departed Valetta, Malta May Arrived Marseilles, France May Entrain Marseilles, France May Detrain Hazebrouck, France 8 May 1916 Headquarters No. 1 Company No.2 Company No. 3 Company 1st Reinforcements Total Tunnellers on board 1303 Transferred to B1 Ansonia ‘On the arrival of our troop ship in Alexandria in April 16, a party of some 120 out of our 1200 miners, with the wanderlust strong upon them, broke loose suddenly from our troop ship as she lay at the wharf, rushed the sentries, and went careering like a lot of released school boys up the main street of Alexandria, making for the heart of the city. Some bad sport, perhaps one should rather say, one sound disciplinarian, telephoned to the military police. And in due course the sappers were met by some charabancs driven by genial gentlemen, who offered them a lift. The offer was of course accepted, and presently the vehicle swung into a courtyard, the gates of which were promptly closed, and the sappers then realised that they were prisoners. One hundred and twenty of them were locked up in a building designed for a maximum of 60. The sappers called it the ‘boob”. The night was very hot and the “boob” threatened to become a veritable Black Hole of Calcutta. In the early dawn, an agonized SOS came from the military police to our ship to say that the sappers were tunnelling under the walls of the boob, and that it was tottering to its foundations, and would we send up a strong-armed party at once to hold and remove the prisoners.’ Major T.W. Edgeworth David

2 HMAT A16 Star of Victoria HMAT A14 Euripides Cold, rough weather.
Departed Sydney, NSW March 1916 Arrived Colombo, Ceylon 20 April Departed Colombo, Ceylon 21 April Arrived Suez, Egypt May Departed Suez, Egypt May Arrived Port Said, Egypt May Departed Port Said, Egypt May Arrived Marseilles, France 17 May Entrained Detrained Voyage time 33 days HMAT A16 Star of Victoria Transferred to City of Edinburgh 2nd Reinforcements 181 Total Tunnellers on board 181 Cold, rough weather. 791 Sapper Benjamin Phillips was to embark on the ‘Ulysses’ which sailed on 20 February with the first deployment of the Mining Corps on board. For some reason Benjamin was transferred to Milsons Island and did not embark. He later apparently stowed away on the Star of Victoria which departed on 31 March, and when discovered, re-enlisted in the A.I.F., at sea, and was appointed to the 2nd Reinforcements to the Mining Corps with the new Regimental Number Lance Corporal Benjamin Phillips was killed in action when shot by a sniper on 26 February 1918. HMAT A14 Euripides 3rd Reinforcements 80 Total Tunnellers on board 80 Departed Melbourne, Vic April 1916 Arrived Alexandria, Egypt Embarked Alexandria, Egypt Arrived Marseilles, France May 1916 Departed Marseilles, France Arrived Etaples, France June 1916 Voyage time Transferred to City of Edinburgh

3 HMAT A69 Warilda HMAT A26 Armadale
Departed Brisbane, Qld Early May 1916 Arrived Sydney, NSW Early May Departed Sydney, NSW May Arrived Melbourne, VIC May Departed Melbourne, VIC May Arrived Fremantle, WA June Departed Fremantle, WA June Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa June Departed Durban, Sth. Africa June Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa June Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa June Arrived St Vincent, Portugal July Departed St Vincent, Portugal July Arrived Plymouth, England July Entrained Plymouth, England July Detrain Tidworth, England July 1916 No. 4 Company No. 5 Company No. 6 Company Total Tunnellers on board 1111 Voyage Time 58 days Voyage was remarkable for pleasant weather. The discipline was fairly good – the most serious being AWL at intermediate ports. HMAT A26 Armadale Departed Melbourne, Vic July 1916 Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa August Departed Durban, Sth. Africa August Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa August Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa August Arrived St Vincent, Sth. Africa September Departed St Vincent, Sth. Africa September Arrived Devonport, England September 1916 Voyage time 64 days 2nd Reinforcements 79 Total Tunnellers on board 79 Leave granted at Durban from 11am to 11 pm. At Capetown there was a Route March for 3 hours. Arriving back at 1pm when leave was granted until 11pm. Ship was to leave at 2pm but did not leave until 5pm the following day. Liquor in town was considered of bad quality as a result 10 Tunnellers did not embark as scheduled on 21 August. 2/Lt Ashcroft & 2 Tunnellers got measles on board. Footnote: 10 Tunnellers boarded Orsova at Capetown around 25 August.

4 RMS Orontes HMAT A23 Suffolk
4th Reinforcements 81 Total Tunnellers on board 81 Voyage time 52 days Departed Sydney, NSW August 1916 Arrived Melbourne, VIC August Departed Melbourne, VIC August Arrived Adelaide, SA August Departed Adelaide, SA August Arrived Fremantle, WA August Departed Fremantle, WA August Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa September Departed Durban, Sth. Africa September Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa September Departed Capetown, S. Africa September Arrived St Vincent, Portugal September Departed St Vincent, Portugal September Arrived Plymouth, England October 1916 7 men deserted at Fremantle; 9 at Capetown. Weather conditions on Australian coast were stormy after leaving Fremantle. HMAT A23 Suffolk Departed Melbourne, Vic September 1916 Arrived Fremantle, WA October Departed Fremantle, WA October Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa 30 October Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa 31 October Arrived Dakar, W. Africa November Departed Dakar, W. Africa November Arrived Plymouth, England December 1916 September 1916 Reinforcements 166 Total Tunnellers on board Voyage time 64 days

5 HMAT A38 Ulysses Departed Melbourne, Vic October 1916 Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa November Departed Durban, Sth. Africa November Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa November Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa November Arrived Freetown,Sierra Leone 29 November Departed Freetown,Sierra Leone 14 December Arrived Plymouth, England December Entrained Plymouth, England December Detrained Tidworth, England December 1916 Voyage time : 65 days October Reinforcements 168 November Reinforcements 168 December Reinforcements 168 Officer Reinforcements 12 Total Tunnellers on board 516 Dec 5. It took 1½ hours to take 1000 men ashore for the afternoon. We have to pay 6d each for the loan of the punts. We were fastened with ropes with one punt to the other coming back, the rope broke and we were drifting out pretty quick but the tug boat soon had us back again. Not too clean of a place. The women stand in a stream and wet their clothes they are washing and place them on a flat stone and then belt into them with a flat piece of wood like a bat. Dec 9. Had to get some coal and fresh water. The officers went ashore to buy some fruit to sell to us they wouldn’t let us buy off the natives so when they came back with the fruit - none of us would buy it off them. Dec Big boats in here now. Dec 14. Left for England with four other transport auxiliary cruiser escorting us. Dec 25. On the sea between Gibraltar and England it has been very foggy. We had roast pork for Christmas dinner and some baked scones. They were as hard as rock. Dec 26. Very foggy torpedo boats came to escort us in the rest of the way. Got our kit bags out of the holds. Dec 28. We had nothing to eat from 7.30am to 3.30pm. We had to buy some cakes during the last week on the boat. We held the Dead March on a roast they gave us (250 of us) for our dinner. We marched up to the top deck with it, all the rest of the men were watching us and laughing. We got roared up a bit after it but we didn’t care. Got on the train at 4pm. Got to Perham Downs camp at 11pm. Nothing to eat from the military until 8 or 9 the next morning. Then we had two tablespoons of boiled salmon and spuds and a mug of tea. Mud from 1-6 inches deep. Diary entry of 5798 Sapper George Oxman, 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company

6 HMAT A5 (RMS) Omrah HMAT A9 Shropshire
Departed Sydney, NSW January 1917 Arrived Melbourne, VIC January Departed Melbourne, VIC January Arrived Adelaide, SA January Departed Adelaide, SA January Arrived Fremantle, WA January Departed Fremantle, WA January Arrived Fremantle, WA February Departed Fremantle, WA February Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa February Departed Durban Sth. Africa February Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa February Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa February Arrived Freetown, Sierre Leone March Departed Freetown, Sierre Leone March Arrived Plymouth, England March 1917 Entrain Plymouth, England Detrain Tidworth, England January 1917 Reinforcements 168 Total Tunnellers on board 168 Voyage time 74 days HMAT A9 Shropshire Departed Melbourne, VIC May 1917 Arrived Fremantle, WA Departed Fremantle, WA Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa Departed Durban Sth. Africa Arrived Capetown, Sth. Africa Departed Capetown, Sth. Africa Arrived Plymouth, England July 1917 Entrain Plymouth, England Detrain Tidworth, England January 1917 Reinforcements 168 Total Tunnellers on board 168 Voyage time 70 days

7 HMAT A32 Themistocles HMAT A68 Anchises
Departed Melbourne, VIC August 1917 Arrived Colon, Panama August Departed Colon, Panama September Arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia 18 September Departed Halifax, Nova Scotia 21 September Arrived Glasgow, Scotland October 1917 Entrain Glasgow, Scotland Detrain Tidworth, England March Reinforcements 167 Total Tunnellers on board 167 Voyage time 59 days Rough and stormy with plenty of sea-sickness for the early part of the voyage, becoming very hot in the tropics. Heavy rain and muggy near Panama. 9 days at Colon, unavoidably delayed Spr William James McPeak died of acute transverse myalitis on 14 August, one of 4 soldiers to die on this voyage, and was buried at sea. Good weather across the Atlantic. HMAT A68 Anchises Departed Sydney, NSW August 1917 Arrived Colon, Panama September Departed Colon, Panama September Arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia September Departed Halifax, Nova Scotia September Arrived Liverpool, England October 1917 Entrain Liverpool, England Detrain Tidworth, England March Reinforcements 168 Total Tunnellers on board 168 Voyage time 55 days Colds and influenza prevalent when troops embarked.

8 HMAT A71 Nestor SS Indarra
Arrived Melbourne, VIC November 1917 Departed Melbourne, VIC November Arrived Suez, Egypt December Entrained Suez, Egypt January 1918 Detrained Alexandria, Egypt January Embarked Alexandria, Egypt January Arrived Taranto, Italy January Entrain Taranto, Italy Detrain Cherbourg, France Embarked Cherbourg, France Arrived Southampton, England 24 January 1918 Transferred to E620 Abbasiah May Reinforcements 103 November Reinforcements 65 Total Tunnellers on board 168 Voyage time 64 days SS Indarra Departed Melbourne, VIC November 1917 Arrived Albany, WA November Departed Albany, WA December Arrived Colombo, Ceylon December Departed Colombo, Ceylon December Arrived Suez, Egypt December Embarked Suez, Egypt January Arrived Taranto, Italy January Entrain Taranto, Italy January Stopped Bordighira, Italy January Detrain Cherbourg, France January Embarked Cherbourg, France January Arrived Southampton, England 2 February 1918 Voyage time 68 Days June Reinforcements 130 Total Tunnellers on board 130 Transferred to Kasgar Embarked on HMT Monas Queen On Christmas Day the troops were specially provided for by the ship. Amusements included cricket between various troop decks and the Officers. Religious services held on Christmas Day and occasionally on weekdays. Weather was excellent throughout – warm in the tropics.

9 HMAT A71 Nestor RMS Osterley
Departed Melbourne, VIC February 1918 Arrived Colon, Panama March Departed Colon, Panama March Arrived Newport News, USA April Departed Newport News, USA April Arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia April Departed Halifax, Nova Scotia April Arrived Liverpool, England April Entrain Liverpool, England Detrain Tidworth, England April 1918 May Reinforcements November Reinforcements Total Tunnellers on board 61 Voyage time 51 days RMS Osterley Departed Sydney, NSW May 1918 Arrived Wellington, NZ May Departed Wellington, NZ May Arrived Tahiti May Departed Tahiti May Arrived Colon, Panama June Departed Colon, Panama June Arrived Newport News, USA June Departed Newport News, USA Arrived Norfolk, USA June Departed Norfolk, USA June Arrived New York, USA June Departed New York, USA June Arrived Liverpool, Eng July Entrain Liverpool, England Detrain Tidworth, England February 1918 Reinforcements 8 Total Tunnellers on board 8 Voyage time 65 days A Route March through Tahiti was the first by Australians bound for the Front. Troops returned to the ship at 5p.m. and then marched to 3 cinema shows. Leave was permitted in the Canal Zone at Colon before the ship moved on to Balboa. Amusement Committee conducted boxing, cricket and other deck sports. Excellent concerts were given. Classes in French and Italian were well attended. In New York the weather was very cold, succession of thick fogs and some rain. Approaching the North Channel the weather became cold and wet, but the sea was smooth.


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