Rough Sea Crossing for RMR in 1915

Friday, February 12, 1915

On Board H.M. Transport “Australind,” (Captain Sidney Angell)

The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Weather very bad, furious gales, most of officers and men seasick.” [1]

RMR's Sea Journey to France

RMR’s Sea Journey to France

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: “After lying all day [February 11th] and all night in dock at Avonmouth, the Australind, escorted by destroyers, sailed early on the morning of February 12th.  The weather was fine at first and, after a short inspection by Lieut.-Col. W.W. Burland, those men not on duty were allowed to sleep, rest, or amuse themselves as they saw fit.  Towards night a wind sprang up…”   [2]

[1]  War Diary, 14th Canadian Battalion, The Royal Montreal Regiment, Feb 12, 1915.  Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa,
[2]  R.C. Featherstonhaugh, The Royal Montreal Regiment 14th Battalion C.E.F. 1914-1925, Montreal, The Gazette, Printing Co., Ltd., 1927, pg. 25..