• Sergeants At The Intermediate Base Depot

Sergeants At The Intermediate Base Depot, Abbey Wood, London. Back Row (Left to Right). – Sgt. Tmptr. N. G. Smith, 8th L.H., Sgt. W. R. McGregor, 6th Batt.; Q.M.S. V. C. Freeburn, 7th L.H.; Sgt. J. Caddy, 7th Batt.; Sgt. A. G. Archer, 15th Batt.; Q.M.S. J. A. Brooks, 15th Batt.; Sgt. C. F. Reeve, 21st Batt.; Sgt. H. Nankervis, 5th Batt.; Sgt. T. W. Cleland, 14th Batt.; Sgt. R. H. Gowland, 12th L.H.; Sgt. B. A. Clark, 14th Batt. Third Row. - Q.M.S. T. Noonan, 6th Batt.; Sgt. R. A. Hunter, 15th Batt.; Sgt. A S. Glen, 14th Batt.; Sgt . W. A. Logan, 9th L.H.; Sgt. C. E. Trythall, 9th Batt.; Sgt. A. H. Talbot, 8th A.S.C.; Sgt. Ilsley, 1st Sig. Co.; S.M. J. E. Glover, 6th L.H.; Sgt. N. H. Syme, 1st A.S. C. ; Sgt. J. Toomey,15th ; Sgt. E. E. Boutcher, 3rd A.M.C.; Sgt. R. L. Jones, 14th Batt.; S.-Sgt. G. G. Grant, 3rd A.G.H.; Sgt. S. R. Green, 5th Batt.; Q.M.S. J. Hodge, 5th Batt.: Sgt. J. M. Walker, 25th Batt., Sgt. 0. A. Collins. 24th Batt. Second Row. - Sgt. Segus, 19th Batt.; Sgt. R. D. K. Barnett, 2nd L.H.; Sgt. W. Don, 6th Batt.: Sgt. H. D. Witcombe, 3rd L.H.; Sgt. A. Brayshaw, 3rd L.H.; Sgt. R. H. Wilson-Todd, 10th Batt.; S.-Sgt. N. G. McDermont, Sgt. G. A. Lamerton, 11th Batt.; Sgt. R. G. Young, 5th L.H.; Sgt, D. L. Fraser, 5th L.H.; Sgt. J. D. Macansh, 5th L.H.; Sgt. R. Lawrie, 2nd Batt.; S.M. J. Stewart, 9th A.S.C. ; S.M. O. E. Gemmell ; Sgt. P. V. D. Warr, 5th Batt.; S.M. D. Smith, 5th Batt. Front Row.- Sgt. H. Bamber, 5th Batt.; Sgt. J. D. Reed, 18th Batt.; S.M. A. Graver, 12th Batt.; Sgt. ,J. H. Allen, 17th Batt.; Lieut. and Adj. A. S. Gluyas; W.O. Don Snellgrove, 1st Engrs.; Transp.-Sgt, F. G. Lowe, 3rd L.H.: Sgt. A.H. Clarke. A.M.C. ; Q.M.S. J. McCubbing, 111th Batt.; Sgt. A. P. Nugent, A.M.C.; Sgt. E. C. Mulahan, 7th Batt.; Sgt. O. F. Metcher, 1st Sig. Tr.; Sgt. H. V. Masters, 1st Sig. Tr.; Sgt. H. Clarke, 10th Batt.; Sgt. Skinner. Australians sent to England, wounded or invalided, to the number of some 13,000 or 14,000, are upon being discharged from hospital granted 14 days' furlough. At the expiration of that time they report at headquarters, and are sent to the Australian intermediate base depot, where they are subjected to a medical examination and classed, according to their condition, as follows: - “A” class, fit for service; “B” class, fit for light duty, Egypt; “C” class, temporarily unfit; “D” class, home service, Australia. The depot is really a convalescent camp; even the fittest men are only allowed modified marching. As they become fit for service, “A” class, they are drafted to the base depot at Weymouth, enroute for the front; and “D” class are similarly sent forward, and shipped to Australia. The carrying capacity of the camp is 2000. In March last there were between 1500 and 1700 men encamped in wooden hutments. Each hut accommodates 30 men, and is lighted by electricity. At the well appointed massage rooms all cases of stiff joints, limbs, etc., are treated by electrical apparatus. There is also a qualified chiropodist. The dental department attends to all cases of defective teeth, free of charge, before discharge from this depot. The food is excellent, and each man's daily allowance is: Meat, 2 lb (frozen, Australian) ; bread, 1 lb (or flour, ¾ lb); sugar, 2oz; bacon, 2oz; salt, ½ oz; tea, ½ oz. The men are allowed 5pd per head per diem, with which the quartermaster purchases vegetables, sausages, liver, cheese, butter, tinned fish, and fruits, etc. There is a splendid recreation building, containing a billiard-room with live tables, an up-to-date gymnasium, and a well-furnished and well-equipped reading and writing room, where all the latest home papers are procurable, and are much appreciated. The depot boasts a fine band of 28 performers, who regularly play selections at various hospitals. Sydney Mail 24 May, 1916.