TIMELINE April 1916
Saturday, 1 April 1916
Joseph ARMSTRONG, Percy George BROWN, Charles William Gordon CONROY, Edwin Joseph FULLER, John MARTIN, Donald Singleton STEWART, John TARLINGTON, John William THOMPSON, William Charles WALKER, Joseph Patrick WALLIS, and Colin David WREN, the Coo-ees who on 16th February 1916 had embarked for Egypt on the HMAT Ballarat A70 as 14th reinforcement for the 13th Battalion, were all transferred to the 54th Battalion at Ferry Post, Egypt.
Sunday, 9 April 1916
Lewis LEOVILLE and five other Coo-ees embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A71 Nestor.
Tuesday, 11 April 1916
The bulk of the Coo-ees arrive at Alexandra in Egypt on the HMAT A15 Star of England.
Friday, 14 April 1916
William Thomas HITCHEN embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A14 Ceramic.
Sunday, 16 April 1916
Tuesday, 18 April 1916
William Henry NICHOLLS and two other Coo-ees embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A56 Palermo.
Wednesday, 19 April 1916
Sunday, 25 April 1916
First anniversary of the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli. William Hilton SAUNDERS had wrote in his diary about his experience on the first Anzac Day held on 25th April 1916, where a sports day was held in the Australian camp in Egypt where he and the other Coo-ees were in training. He wrote the following words:
April 1916: 25 Easter Tuesday. “1st anniversary of landing at A.N.Z.A.C. Holiday for all troops in Egypt. Sports held on the Canal. Swimming etc. on the water. Did not go over myself felt too lazy. Stayed in camp & wrote home.”
Wednesday, 26 April 1916
Ronald Hector PERKINS and another Katoomba Coo-ee embarked from Sydney on the HMAT A39 Port Macquarie.