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Soldiers support Albany convoy commemorative event

Soldiers support Albany convoy commemorative event
A seldom used Army depot overlooking King George Sound was the lodging for more than 150 soldiers who invaded the Western Australian coastal town of Albany for the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event from 31 October to 2 November 2014.

The event recognised the centenary of the Australian Imperial Force’s and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force’s departure for WWI.

The Army played an integral role in supporting the event, during which a convoy of navy ships from Australia, New Zealand and Japan took part in a symbolic departure from the town on the same day the first convoy did 100 years ago.

Divisional Quartermaster HQ 13 Bde Maj Lyndon Jackson was the commander of the depot and oversaw the logistics element. He said the depot had a long history.

“It currently belongs to 11/28 Bn, which has about 20 reserve soldiers who parade here regularly,” he said. “Back in the ’70s there were more than 70 soldiers here, and the depot has been here since 1913.”

Maj Jackson said he housed and fed more than 160 soldiers who were taking part in the commemorative event.

“We had the basic life support systems they needed to exist on a day-to-day basis – accommodation, showers, portaloos, a shaving point and a 16KVA generator should the civilian grid lose power,” he said.

“The highlight of the weekend was the march through the city and having the ADF on show for the public.”

Cfn Damien Taylor, of 13CSSB, also supported the event. “We brought a generator with us as a back-up contingency for the depot should the grid go down,” he said.

Reserve MP Cpl Kurt Bryant, who is also a Western Australian police officer, said the MPs worked alongside WA police during the event.

“We were there to provide a military police presence,” he said. “Noting the amount of uniformed personnel in town, we didn’t have any dramas at all, as we expected.

“We were in Albany for almost a week in the lead-up to the event, preparing the depot. “Anzac history is something of which we should all be proud. I thoroughly enjoyed the march through the city.”

Last updated
7 September 2016
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