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<p>Establishment of a Base Depot Camp at Port Said, 11 October 1917

Establishment of a Base Depot Camp at Port Said, 11 October 1917 

 

Establishment of a Base Depot Camp at Port Said, 11 October 1917

Soldiers who have been evacuated sick or wounded from the front line to No. 14 AGH or other Hospitals and have been discharged as fit to Moascar often require a period of rest before being able to again withstand the privations of Active Service.

The GOC AIF in Egypt has approved of an arrangement whereby trained soldiers returned from Hospital to Moascar may be sent to Port Said for about 14 days rest before being called upon to again reinforce the front line.

In future all such soldiers on their return to Moascar from Hospital will be examined by the SMO Australian Training Depot as to their fitness for immediate reinforcement or otherwise. Those who, in the opinion of the SMO require a rest before proceeding on Active Service, will be sent to Port Said for a period not exceeding 14 days.

Such soldiers sent to Port Said will report themselves to the Commandant, Anzac Rest Camp at Port Said, in each case giving Regimental Number, Rank, name and Unit. Such men will form a Base Depot to be administered by the Commandant, Anzac Rest Camp, and this Base Depot will be considered as a detached portion of the ATD at Moascar. The soldiers in the Base Depot will be available to reinforce when called for by the Commandant, A & NZ TC & DC.

For the purposes of administration and discipline members of this Base Depot will be under the Commandant, Anzac Rest Camp. The Commandant, Anzac Rest Camp will refit them with clothing, boots, equipment, rifles and ammunition.