6 April 2011

Australia Soilders on the Pyramids. WW1

North Africa: Egypt, North Egypt, Mena - photo taken 10th January 1915. Group portrait of all the original officers and men of the 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces WW1.. The group of over 685 soldiers are spread over the side of the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) near Mena camp. Officers identified in the front row are, left to right: 2nd Lieutenant (Lt) F P Strickland; 2nd Lt J Newman; Major (Maj) S R Roberts; Lt J H Morgan; Captain (Capt) J S Denton; Capt A E J Croly; Capt Charles A Barnes; Lt K McLennan; Padre Fahey; Lt (later Capt) A P H Corley (later killed in action 17 September 1915); Lt (later Capt) C A La Nauze (later killed in action 28 June 1915); Capt J H Peck; Capt W R Annear; Capt R R Reilly; 2nd Lt M L Reid; Lt D H McDonald; Lieutenant Colonel J L Johnston; Capt R W Everett; Maj E A D Brockman (later MC); Capt E T Brennan; Capt R L Leane; 2nd Lt A H Darnell; 2nd Lt A H Priestley; Lt W H Rockliff; 2nd Lt J H Cooke (later killed in action 10 April 1916); 2nd Lt H James (later MC); 2nd Lt C F Buttle; 2nd Lt H H Walker (sitting); Lt J Williams (top). Missing are: 2nd Lt S H Jackson, Lt A R Selby and 2nd Lt A H MacFarlane. Capt Barnes records in his diary: 'After Church this morning the whole Battalion was marched up to the Pyramid (Old Cheops) and we had a photo took or at least several of them.' This well known and very popular photograph was originally lent to the Australian War Memorial in the 1930s by Colonel K McLennan MBE.

8 comments:

  1. Hello
    Kiwi grandson of a Gallipoli Vet. When I was in The Criterion Hotel at Rockhampton the information said 80% died & the four guys linking arms right side 2nd row were father (on the left) & three sons all died first day.

    All very sad...

    Nigel

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  2. Wow thanks for the info. It really was shocking the number who died.

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  3. I know some of the people in this photo :) and apparently the guy next the person in the very top left corner is dead and his friends just wanted him in the picture.

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  4. Heros the lot of them! Even the dead didn't miss the great photo then.

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  5. I purchased this photo from a dealer in London Court Perth WA. His comment was that the man who is dead had died from disease the day before and had asked his mates to be in the photo. There are also two men released from the brig (still handcuffed) for the photo. A gap was left near the man in the middle so the regimental flag could be drawn in later.

    The history book Legs Eleven written about the 11th battalion only briefly mentions this photo. All the comments on this photo are appreciated I will visit again.

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  6. So many stories come from this photo, history, sadness.

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  7. I was at a charity function and gratefully paid a sh...load for a framed copy....money well spent but need ti know where to find more history....any helpers. Cheers Lutz.

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  8. For info about this photo go to http://11btn.wags.org.au/

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