Leaving old Freo & Sailing into History
100 years ago today on the 31st of October 1914, the men of the 11th Battalion entrained from Blackboy Hill training camp to Fremantle. There they boarded the two ships waiting for them in port, joining other troops who had already sailed from the Eastern States.
“A” and “B” Companies with their 6 Officers and 236 men boarded the HMAT Medic (A7), the remainder of the Battalion boarding HMAT Ascanius (A11), 788 men, including 26 officers. They finally departed from Gage Roads 2 days later, and unbeknown to them, destined for Egypt.
For a full list of the 11th Battalion soldiers who embarked, and a special video, go to the WAGS 11th Battalion Cheops Website, links below...