Excerpt from Item No.11613276
NAA Australian Military records
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On 22 February 1917 a group of soldiers, allegedly under arrest for rioting, were led back into A.I.F. No. 4 Depot, Wareham, possibly in Dorset, England, when the military escort party was attacked by 1,500 troops within the depot grounds.
Even allowing for a degree of exaggeration, Australian troops pelting a military escort with bricks and bottles in the wake of a recent riot, presumably in an effort to free the rioters, should not have gone unnoticed.
Does anyone know the background of this "melee"?