One of 49 photographs in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Troop (later Lieutenant) G.S. Millar depicting the Light Horse camp in Egypt, 1915, prior to Gallipoli.
Australian servicemen, 5th. Australian Light Horse, in Egypt, 1915. Caption reads "5 L. H. on a camel". Photo of four servicemen on the back of a camel. The camel is being held at the front by an Egyptian man, while the soldier on the back of the camel is being propped up by another Egyptian with another looking on. A large white tent stands in the background. Taken by Tpr (later Lt.) G. S. Millar.
The 5th Light Horse Regiment was made up of men almost exclusively enlisted in Queensland, and was part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. They were deployed to reinforce the infantry and landed in Egypt in May, 1915. They played a defensive role for most of the campaign but were involved in several minor attacks. Iin February 1916 they joined the forces at the Suez Canal preventing the Turkish advance through the Sinai Desert. The Turkish position continued to weaken and they surrendered on 31 October 1918, but the 5th Light Horse was employed one last time to assist in putting down the Egyptian revolt of early 1919. It sailed for home on 28 June 1919.
Description of Content
Sepia toned photograph of four Australian servicemen on the back of a camel. The camel is being held at the front by an Egyptian man, while the soldier on the back of the camel is being propped up by another Egyptian with another looking on. A large white tent stands in the background.
Sepia toned photograph. White label stuck on the bottom with writing in blue ink.
Place & Date Depicted
Lieutenant George S. Millar - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Maadi, Egypt, 1915
Likely to have been taken by Troop (later Lieutenant) G.S. Millar
MILLAR, G. S. (LT.)
Hand written in pencil on the support next to the top left corner: 'a' Hand-written in pencil on the support next to the top right corner: 'x' Hand-written in blue ink on the support underneath the photograph: '5 L. H. on a Camel'.
Type of item
87 mm (Width), 61 mm (Height)
Photograph album page
251 mm (Width), 200 mm (Height)
80 mm (Width), 55 mm (Height)
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