10th Battalion patch. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial
10th Battalion diary – October 1914
Embarked on SS Ascanius… SAILED @4.30pm. Total embarked 1004 made up of 31 officers, 969 men, 2 Sister Nurses, 1 YMCA representative & one man in excess of establishment. The same day the Transport Officer Lieut. Trevor Owen Smyth & 22 transport men embarked on SALDANHA in charge of 108 horses. Five horses for WA – 11th Batt Infantry and 5 horses for 10th Batt Infantry on embarked on ‘Ascanius’.
After a very pleasant voyage arrived at Fremantle WA @ 8am Sunday 25th October.
… whilst at anchorage one man was arrested on a charge of rape…His Excellency, the Governor, Major General Sir Harry Barron and Lady Barron came on Board [and] lunched with the officers… he also visited all the troop decks and wished the men goodbye + good luck.