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1 Major T.W. Edgeworth David HMAT A38 UlyssesDeparted Sydney, NSW February 1916Arrived Melbourne, VIC FebruaryDeparted Melbourne, VIC MarchArrived Fremantle, WA MarchDeparted Fremantle, WA AprilArrived Suez, Egypt AprilDeparted Suez, Egypt AprilArrived Port Said, Egypt AprilDeparted Port Said, Egypt AprilArrived Alexandria, Egypt 25 AprilEmbarked Alexandria, Egypt 27 AprilArrived Valetta, Malta AprilDeparted Valetta, Malta MayArrived Marseilles, France MayEntrain Marseilles, France MayDetrain Hazebrouck, France 8 May 1916HeadquartersNo. 1 CompanyNo.2 CompanyNo. 3 Company1st ReinforcementsTotal Tunnellers on board 1303Transferred 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 1916Arrived Colombo, Ceylon 20 AprilDeparted Colombo, Ceylon 21 AprilArrived Suez, Egypt MayDeparted Suez, Egypt MayArrived Port Said, Egypt MayDeparted Port Said, Egypt MayArrived Marseilles, France 17 MayEntrainedDetrainedVoyage time 33 daysHMAT A16 Star of VictoriaTransferred to City of Edinburgh2nd Reinforcements 181Total Tunnellers on board 181Cold, 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 Euripides3rd Reinforcements 80Total Tunnellers on board 80Departed Melbourne, Vic April 1916Arrived Alexandria, EgyptEmbarked Alexandria, EgyptArrived Marseilles, France May 1916Departed Marseilles, FranceArrived Etaples, France June 1916Voyage timeTransferred to City of Edinburgh
3 HMAT A69 Warilda HMAT A26 Armadale Departed Brisbane, Qld Early May 1916Arrived Sydney, NSW Early MayDeparted Sydney, NSW MayArrived Melbourne, VIC MayDeparted Melbourne, VIC MayArrived Fremantle, WA JuneDeparted Fremantle, WA JuneArrived Durban, Sth. Africa JuneDeparted Durban, Sth. Africa JuneArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa JuneDeparted Capetown, Sth. Africa JuneArrived St Vincent, Portugal JulyDeparted St Vincent, Portugal JulyArrived Plymouth, England JulyEntrained Plymouth, England JulyDetrain Tidworth, England July 1916No. 4 CompanyNo. 5 CompanyNo. 6 CompanyTotal Tunnellers on board 1111Voyage Time 58 daysVoyage was remarkable for pleasant weather. The discipline was fairly good – the most serious being AWL at intermediate ports.HMAT A26 ArmadaleDeparted Melbourne, Vic July 1916Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa AugustDeparted Durban, Sth. Africa AugustArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa AugustDeparted Capetown, Sth. Africa AugustArrived St Vincent, Sth. Africa SeptemberDeparted St Vincent, Sth. Africa SeptemberArrived Devonport, England September 1916Voyage time 64 days2nd Reinforcements 79Total Tunnellers on board 79Leave 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 81Total Tunnellers on board 81Voyage time 52 daysDeparted Sydney, NSW August 1916Arrived Melbourne, VIC AugustDeparted Melbourne, VIC AugustArrived Adelaide, SA AugustDeparted Adelaide, SA AugustArrived Fremantle, WA AugustDeparted Fremantle, WA AugustArrived Durban, Sth. Africa SeptemberDeparted Durban, Sth. Africa SeptemberArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa SeptemberDeparted Capetown, S. Africa SeptemberArrived St Vincent, Portugal SeptemberDeparted St Vincent, Portugal SeptemberArrived Plymouth, England October 19167 men deserted at Fremantle; 9 at Capetown. Weather conditions on Australian coast were stormy after leaving Fremantle.HMAT A23 SuffolkDeparted Melbourne, Vic September 1916Arrived Fremantle, WA OctoberDeparted Fremantle, WA OctoberArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa 30 OctoberDeparted Capetown, Sth. Africa 31 OctoberArrived Dakar, W. Africa NovemberDeparted Dakar, W. Africa NovemberArrived Plymouth, England December 1916September 1916 Reinforcements 166Total Tunnellers on boardVoyage time 64 days
5 HMAT A38 UlyssesDeparted Melbourne, Vic October 1916Arrived Durban, Sth. Africa NovemberDeparted Durban, Sth. Africa NovemberArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa NovemberDeparted Capetown, Sth. Africa NovemberArrived Freetown,Sierra Leone 29 NovemberDeparted Freetown,Sierra Leone 14 DecemberArrived Plymouth, England DecemberEntrained Plymouth, England DecemberDetrained Tidworth, England December 1916Voyage time : 65 daysOctober Reinforcements 168November Reinforcements 168December Reinforcements 168Officer Reinforcements 12Total Tunnellers on board 516Dec 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 1917Arrived Melbourne, VIC JanuaryDeparted Melbourne, VIC JanuaryArrived Adelaide, SA JanuaryDeparted Adelaide, SA JanuaryArrived Fremantle, WA JanuaryDeparted Fremantle, WA JanuaryArrived Fremantle, WA FebruaryDeparted Fremantle, WA FebruaryArrived Durban, Sth. Africa FebruaryDeparted Durban Sth. Africa FebruaryArrived Capetown, Sth. Africa FebruaryDeparted Capetown, Sth. Africa FebruaryArrived Freetown, Sierre Leone MarchDeparted Freetown, Sierre Leone MarchArrived Plymouth, England March 1917Entrain Plymouth, EnglandDetrain Tidworth, EnglandJanuary 1917 Reinforcements 168Total Tunnellers on board 168Voyage time 74 daysHMAT A9 ShropshireDeparted Melbourne, VIC May 1917Arrived Fremantle, WADeparted Fremantle, WAArrived Durban, Sth. AfricaDeparted Durban Sth. AfricaArrived Capetown, Sth. AfricaDeparted Capetown, Sth. AfricaArrived Plymouth, England July 1917Entrain Plymouth, EnglandDetrain Tidworth, EnglandJanuary 1917 Reinforcements 168Total Tunnellers on board 168Voyage time 70 days
7 HMAT A32 Themistocles HMAT A68 Anchises Departed Melbourne, VIC August 1917Arrived Colon, Panama AugustDeparted Colon, Panama SeptemberArrived Halifax, Nova Scotia 18 SeptemberDeparted Halifax, Nova Scotia 21 SeptemberArrived Glasgow, Scotland October 1917Entrain Glasgow, ScotlandDetrain Tidworth, EnglandMarch Reinforcements 167Total Tunnellers on board 167Voyage time 59 daysRough 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 AnchisesDeparted Sydney, NSW August 1917Arrived Colon, Panama SeptemberDeparted Colon, Panama SeptemberArrived Halifax, Nova Scotia SeptemberDeparted Halifax, Nova Scotia SeptemberArrived Liverpool, England October 1917Entrain Liverpool, EnglandDetrain Tidworth, EnglandMarch Reinforcements 168Total Tunnellers on board 168Voyage time 55 daysColds and influenza prevalent when troops embarked.
8 HMAT A71 Nestor SS Indarra Arrived Melbourne, VIC November 1917Departed Melbourne, VIC NovemberArrived Suez, Egypt DecemberEntrained Suez, Egypt January 1918Detrained Alexandria, Egypt JanuaryEmbarked Alexandria, Egypt JanuaryArrived Taranto, Italy JanuaryEntrain Taranto, ItalyDetrain Cherbourg, FranceEmbarked Cherbourg, FranceArrived Southampton, England 24 January 1918Transferred to E620 AbbasiahMay Reinforcements 103November Reinforcements 65Total Tunnellers on board 168Voyage time 64 daysSS IndarraDeparted Melbourne, VIC November 1917Arrived Albany, WA NovemberDeparted Albany, WA DecemberArrived Colombo, Ceylon DecemberDeparted Colombo, Ceylon DecemberArrived Suez, Egypt DecemberEmbarked Suez, Egypt JanuaryArrived Taranto, Italy JanuaryEntrain Taranto, Italy JanuaryStopped Bordighira, Italy JanuaryDetrain Cherbourg, France JanuaryEmbarked Cherbourg, France JanuaryArrived Southampton, England 2 February 1918Voyage time 68 DaysJune Reinforcements 130Total Tunnellers on board 130Transferred to KasgarEmbarked on HMT Monas QueenOn 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 1918Arrived Colon, Panama MarchDeparted Colon, Panama MarchArrived Newport News, USA AprilDeparted Newport News, USA AprilArrived Halifax, Nova Scotia AprilDeparted Halifax, Nova Scotia AprilArrived Liverpool, England AprilEntrain Liverpool, EnglandDetrain Tidworth, England April 1918May ReinforcementsNovember ReinforcementsTotal Tunnellers on board 61Voyage time 51 daysRMS OsterleyDeparted Sydney, NSW May 1918Arrived Wellington, NZ MayDeparted Wellington, NZ MayArrived Tahiti MayDeparted Tahiti MayArrived Colon, Panama JuneDeparted Colon, Panama JuneArrived Newport News, USA JuneDeparted Newport News, USAArrived Norfolk, USA JuneDeparted Norfolk, USA JuneArrived New York, USA JuneDeparted New York, USA JuneArrived Liverpool, Eng JulyEntrain Liverpool, EnglandDetrain Tidworth, EnglandFebruary 1918 Reinforcements 8Total Tunnellers on board 8Voyage time 65 daysA 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.