On this day 25th January 1916

25.1.1916 MARSEILLES: Battn complete with transport entrained 8.55pm at GUIBAL Station.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

“We paraded hurriedly one evening about six thirty, full marching order, and with the regimental band marched towards the docks, this was it, we were about to sail east, we joked about being seasick, and life on the Ocean wave, we were off to a tropical country.”

“As we marched past part of the embarkation docks we saw the Ocean Liners, smoke belching from their funnels, all steamed up to take us. We marched on past these docks and into a railway sidings, there drawn up on the tracks for our Battalion was a train of first class compartments, we were ordered to entrain, ten men to a compartment, this was luxury, but what did this mean? – where was the train journey for? When the train was completely loaded the R.T. Officer Staff gave the order to proceed and slowly the train left the rail head, and away into the night.”

[2305 Pte Frank Longson]

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