Today marks the anniversary of the departure of the first Australian and New Zealand contingents from Albany, Western Australia, bound for Egypt. The men sailed in a convoy of 38 Australian troopships (36 from Albany and 2 from Fremantle) and 10 from New Zealand.

Precious cargo on board the troopships included over 21,000 Australians, 8,500 New Zealanders, 12,000 horses from both countries along with medical and military equipment and supplies.

Only one in three of those who sailed in the first convoy would return physically unscathed at the end of the WWI