ANMEFAustralian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
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It was intended for him to accompany a hospital unit to France but, with an expert knowledge of tropical diseases and eight years' experience at the Darwin Hospital, he was instead attached as the Principal Medical Officer to the 1st Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF).
Raised independently of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force (as it was known in 1914), the ANMEF departed Australia on 19 August, tasked with seizing the German Pacific Territories--New Ireland, New Britain, Kaiserwilhelmland, Nauru and the Admiralty Islands.