The Argus, Monday 21 April 1919, page 5


Unit from Mesopotamia.

There arrived by the troopship Janus on Saturday 85 men who had been attached to the special wireless section in Mesopo- tamia. For the first time since the outbreak of the influenza epidemic the troopship was permitted to come up the bay and berth alongside the new pier at Port Melbourne, where the troops were disembarked at 1 p.m. The Janus also had on board 70 New South Welshmen, 39 Queens-landers, and 4 Tasmanians. Those from the two former States were granted leave until midnight, and went on by the Janus yesterday morning. The State Commandant (Brigadier-General Brand) welcomed the troops. On the journey to the A.I.K. Depot, Sturt street, the men were heartily cheered by the assembled crowds. Some delay was occasioned owing to a char-a banc, which had been engaged to assist in conveying the troops to the depot, breaking down. After a wait of about half an hour the men were.picked up by a passing lorry driver, and with their kits were driven to Sturt street. Upon arrival at the depot the troops were provided with refreshments by members, of the Voluntary Aid Detachment, after which they were taken in hand by the staff-officer for invalids (Captain Wright) and his assistants, and put through the final medical examination prior to their discharge.



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