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SS Balmoral Castle


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  • 8 years later...
Guest Karen A

Reviving an old thread.


The Mods have received by email some additional information which may be of help to anyone researching the Balmoral Castle.


Alteration 38th New Zealand Field Artillery: 5 March 1918
Embarked from New Zealand on His Majesty's  New Zealand Troop Ship SS Balmoral Castle
From: Wellington on 24 April 1918
Disembarked at: London on 21 June 1918

Marched in to New Zealand Field Artillery: 21 June 1918
Left for France: 11 July 1918

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  • 1 year later...

An old thread, I know, but perhaps Boonishop is still watching?


SS Balmoral Castle departed England on 1 February 1918, outbound to Australia with AIF returnees (number unknown), arriving into Fremantle circa 18 March, and Adelaide on 23 March. The ship embarked AIF (Medical Corps general reinforcements and a padre) and civilians (munitions workers under Commonwealth contract) in Sydney on 13 April, and sailed to Wellington, NZ, embarking NZ troops on 24 April (see previous post). An Australian civilian failed to re-embark in Wellington (medical reasons). Ship arrived in London via Panama Canal on 21 June 1918. 


Hope this helps. 





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  • 1 year later...

I know this information is a long time after your discussion but my wife has just come into possession of her grandfathers diary

SS Balmoral Castle sailed from Davenport on 28 Sept 1918 

Sailed with 2 cruisers and 7 destroyers

Docked Sierra Leone 6.00 am October 9th.

sailed Oct 13 with 4 other boats escorted by the Britannia Cruiser

landed Cape Town 6.00 pm 25th October

Troops went ashore

Left 27th October and landed Port Elizabeth on the 29th October

Landed East London which they left for Durban

troops left Durban on SS Corona


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