The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918
The Port Said Rest Camp and No. 14 A.G.H. held a Combined Aquatic Carnival on June 22nd., in the dockyard basin beside the hospital.
Many visitors from Port Said crossed the Canal and the gathering presented a fine sight, the hospital "blues" making a pleasing contrast to drab khaki, and the snow-white dresses and flannels of the civilians present.
The fourteen events attracted 215 entries, and the swimming was of a very high class, especially in the long distance race, which Staff-Sergeant Joyner won by about three lengths, with a like distance between second and third. The most interesting event was the Relay Race, in which eight teams faced the starter, one of them representing the Italian contingent. Tpr. Walker, of the "Box-ons" team, won with plenty in hand; but the fight for second place was very keenly contested, not more than a length separating the competitors in second, third and fourth places.
Both the Red Cross and the Y.M.C.A. erected marquees and served refreshments to patients and visitors. The Rest Camp Band played selections during the afternoon. In the evening a concert was given by the "Whizz Bangs", the Rest Camp Concert Party.
Following is the detailed list of the winners:—
100 yds. Convalescent Ward and No. I Rest Camp: Tpr. F.B. Walker, 1; Cpl. B. Burry, 2.
220 yards Open Championship. All ranks. Army and Navy: Tpr. E. Watson, t Tpr. A.B. Leyland, 2; Tpr. H.G. McCrae, 3.
Neatest Springboard Dive. Hospital and Rest Camp: Tpr. Kirkwood, 1; Capt. Luxmore, 2.
100 yards Championship. Rest Camp Leave Party only: Tpr. J. S. Kean, 1; Tpr. C. J. Haynes, 2.
Novelty Race, (with lifebuoy). All ranks Army and Navy: Tpr. H. Thompson, 1; A.B. Chettleborough, 2.
100 yards Officers' Race. Hospital and Rest Camp: Major Arnold, 1; Capt. Luxmore, 2.
Relay Race. 490 yards. All ranks Army and Navy: "Box-ons", 1; "Sydneyites", 2.
Greasy Pole. Hospital and Rest Camp: Tpr. Reading.
Hospital Staff Handicap, 100 yards: Pte A. Adams, 1; Pte I. Boyd, 2.
Best High Dive. Hospital and Rest Camp; Tpr. T. Watson, 1; Tpr. Cochrane, 2; Tpr. E. Watson, 3.
Fancy Dress: Lieut. Ward.
Long Distance Race. Rest Camp and Hospital: Sgt. Joyner, 1; Tpr. McCrae, 2; Cpl. Free-mantle, 3.
Dive and Longest Underwater Swim. Rest Camp and Hospital: Sgt. Mc Willi am, 1; Major Arnold, 2.
100 yards. Rest Camp and Hospital: Tpr. J.S. Kean, 1; Tpr. F. Smedley, 2.