At the outbreak of WWI Albany was also chosen for the first two troop convoys to congregate due to the large sheltered anchorage provided by King George Sound and the available bunkering facilities. They departed on the long next leg of their voyages to the battlefields of Gallipoli and Europe within two months of each other at the end of 1914. The 54 Australian and New Zealand ships of these two convoys carried a total of 40,000 soldiers and nearly 17,000 horses. They were the two largest convoys to depart from Australia for the whole of the war and together carried 10% of Australian soldiers to war. All of these soldiers embarked at east coast ports. None joined their ships in Albany.