Three Australian officers at Gallipoli, identified from left to right: Lieutenant Roy Kernot of the 1st Division Engineers; Lieutenant Edward Stanley Whitehead of the 3rd Field Company Engineers and Lieutenant Louis Willyama Avery (later MM) of the 1st Division Engineers. The three friends were all associated with the Silverton Tramway Company in Broken Hill and survived the war. image courtesy Australian War Memorial P00244.001
Avery, Louis Willyama – November 1914
Convoy of 28 Australian transports & 10 New Zealand sailed for an unknown destination, escorted by HMAS. Sydney & Melbourne. H.M.S Minatur [Minotaur} & Japanese cruiser Ibouki [Ibuki]. Course set West of North.
Naval escort very active.
Very early in the morning H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared. Jap was very active & cleared for action. Sydney sighted German Cruiser Emden at 9.30 & engaged her. At 11.10 a.m. Emden had to beach herself on North Keeling Island to prevent her from sinking. The action took place near the Cocos Islands & about 60 miles from the the convoy. The previous night the Emden had crossed in front of the convoy without being aware of its presence.
Arrived Colombo. No shore leaves. Sailed on 17th
Arrived Aden. Sailing next day. Escorted by M.M.S. Hampshire & Russian Cruiser Askold. We now know that we will disembark in Egypt as occupation troops & for training.