Rough Sea Crossing for RMR in 1915

Rough Sea Crossing for RMR in 1915

Friday, February 12, 1915

On Board H.M. Transport “Australind,” (Captain Sidney Angell)

The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Weather very bad, furious gales, most of officers and men seasick.” [1]

RMR's Sea Journey to France
RMR’s Sea Journey to France

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: “After lying all day [February 11th] and all night in dock at Avonmouth, the Australind, escorted by destroyers, sailed early on the morning of February 12th.  The weather was fine at first and, after a short inspection by Lieut.-Col. W.W. Burland, those men not on duty were allowed to sleep, rest, or amuse themselves as they saw fit.  Towards night a wind sprang up…”   [2]

[1]  War Diary, 14th Canadian Battalion, The Royal Montreal Regiment, Feb 12, 1915.  Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa,
[2]  R.C. Featherstonhaugh, The Royal Montreal Regiment 14th Battalion C.E.F. 1914-1925, Montreal, The Gazette, Printing Co., Ltd., 1927, pg. 25..


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