Three Australian officers at Gallipoli, identified from left to right: Lieutenant Roy Kernot of the 1st Division Engineers; Lieutenant Edward Stanley Whitehead of the 3rd Field Company Engineers and Lieutenant Louis Willyama Avery (later MM) of the 1st Division Engineers. The three friends were all associated with the Silverton Tramway Company in Broken Hill and survived the war. image courtesy Australian War Memorial P00244.001
Avery, Louis Willyama – February 1915
Feb 1st. Turks attacked Suez Canal at El Kantara & Ismalia. Numbered at least 20,000 men, of whom 4000 became casualties & 600 prisoners taken.
Feb 2nd. Turks defeated & withdrew into the desert. They managed to launch pontoons on the Canal, but these were sunk by a torpedo boat on patrol.
Feb 25th. Company left Ismalia to return to Canal Camp. Training now very solid & much of it at night.