Australian troops arrived in Egypt in December 1914, to train for the war in Europe. However, most of them went to Gallipoli in April 1915. This included the Light Horse Brigades.
After Gallipoli, most of the AIF went to France in 1916, but the bulk of Australia’s mounted forces remained in Egypt to fight the Turks threatening the Suez Canal.
Douglas Diggers who fought in the Middle East were mainly with the 2nd, 5th and 11th Light Horse Brigades. In 1916, they participated in the defence of the Suez Canal and the allied reconquest of the Sinai Peninsula. In the following year these Light Horse Brigades advanced into Palestine and captured Gaza and Jerusalem. By 1918 they had occupied Lebanon and Syria. On 30 October 1918 Turkey surrendered.
Read more about war in the Middle East
Enter Middle East in the Search box on the Australian War Memorial website
Additional information about each soldier is available at http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government
Young men of Douglas Shire responded well
to the call to serve their country during
World War I, 1914-1918.
With the help of a grant through the Queensland Anzac Centenary Program, we have identified around 220 men who were born or enlisted in the Shire or who enlisted elsewhere but had family addresses back in the Shire.