Sepia Saturday 252: A different type of cruise

In keeping with the 100th anniversary of ANZACS leaving Australian shores my Sepia Saturday post is about a different type of cruise on which so many of my ancestors sons and brothers embarked.

In this post I have mentioned just a few.

My paternal grandmother’s brother in law, Bertie Crowl, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915

hmat ceramic

HMAT Ceramic

Bertie was a cook with the 58th battalion.  He is pictured here standing at the front of the photo holding the cooking pot.

Cooks of the 58th Battalion with their field cooker (mobile kitchen) at Dickebusch, near Ypres, where the 5th Australian Division rested after the Third Battle of Ypres. Identified, left to right: 2334 Private (Pte) P N Bennett; 3520 Pte A Findlay; 3251 T W Stanard; 3712 Pte B Crowl (standing foreground); 4649 Pte G R Wythe; 1688 Pte F A Greaves.

My paternal grandmother’s brother, Morgan Adams, and my maternal grandmother’s first cousin, Archibald Thomas Morgan, embarked from Melbourne to Egypt on the HMAT Hororata.

Hororata Departure from Port Melbourne 1916. Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria.

My maternal grandfather’s first cousin, William Finlay Fleming, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915.

HMAT A11 Ascanius

William Arthur Edmonds, my second cousin once removed, embarked from Australia on the 21st of June 1917 aboard HMAT Suevic A29.


HMAT Suevic A29.

Sadly, like many many thousands of others, he did not return home.

Private William Arthur Edmonds was killed in action on the 29th of September 1918 at Bony, France.

Lest we forget.



  1. Alan Burnett

    It is sad indeed that so many never returned. To sail so far and to sacrifice so much – it is well worth remembering. The photographs are fascinating – thanks for sharing them.


  2. jofeath

    Do you know you can have the names of relatives who were killed in World War 1 read out at the nightly ceremonies amidst the Tower of London poppies? It ends on November 11 however.


    • jofeath

      Oddly my grandfather embarked for Egypt with the NZ troops in October 1914, but was discharged and returned home after only 15 days in Egypt, as ‘his services were no longer required’. Perhaps those in command of the NZ forces felt they had sent too many soldiers at that time, I don’t know, but he enlisted again in 1916 and was away for 3 years, thankfully surviving a second time.


      • that’s interesting about your grandfather Jo. I found from service records that my grandmother’s yoounger brother enlisted twice in WW2. Thankfully he came home too


    • I didn’t know that Jo, thanks for the information


  3. I’ll bet Berie knew what it was like to have the hordes descend on his cooking pots. Heavens those crowds on the wharves were humungous..


    • The crowds were massive weren’t they, I had no idea until I saw the photos. Bertie had some sort of big spoon or paddle in his hand perhaps to beat back the hungry hordes. :p


      • he might have needed it Kerryn 😉


  4. Deb Gould

    I, too, lost relatives in WWI in Europe…it’s a sad business. Those photos are just wonderful.


  5. The primitive field kitchen is quite interesting. When I was a girl scout leader, I took my troop camping. Some of the dads came along, one of whom was a Boy Scout leader. He brought his “field kitchen” — thank goodness! He saved one meal for us, for sure.

    The pictures of the crowds sending off their loved ones make me wonder about the safety of those standing so close to the water. It’s a wonder someone wasn’t pushed and shoved right into the path of the ship.


    • It’s got me beat how a meal could come out of that contraption Wendy 🙂


  6. I do love that photo of the field cooker. I haven’t seen one like this before!

    I also wrote about World War 1 yesterday – a post in preparation for Remembrance day.


    • It’s a real contraption isn’t it Sharon. I look forward to reading your Remembrance day post.


  7. La Nightingail

    I can’t help but wonder what sort of meals Bertie & his crew came up with? And I think having to plan a weekly menu is a bummer. I shall be a little more grateful with what I have to work with from now on, I think!


  8. My father and his brother survived WWI. These are fascinating photos and deserve to be treasured as historic items.

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  9. Lorraine

    The photo of the field kitchen is interesting. And even better that there are names! Thank goodness the archives (in various forms) have been collecting so diligently.

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  10. What a wonderful tribute.


  11. Reblogged this on Anzac Day 2015.


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