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Photograph - 'Queen Elizabeth, British Monitor', Gallipoli, Private John Lord, World War I, 1915 Image Reg. No: MM 120054

Black and white photographic print depicting a Queen Elizabeth Class British Monitor, referred to in the inscription as 'Queen Elizabeth's Bull Dogs'. There were five Queen Elizabeth battleships in total, the lead being named after Queen Elizabeth I of England and launched in 1913. The other battleships in this class were the H.M.S Warspite, Valiant, Barham and Malaya. The Queen Elizabeth Class had superior speed and firepower to her German counterparts and is considered be to the first of the fast battleships.

Attached to a small notebook used as a photograph album, containing 55 black and white photographs of ANZAC soldiers in Egypt, Mudros and Gallipoli during World War I. The photographs were taken by an Australian soldier, Sergeant John Lord or a fellow soldier (to be verified). John Lord served in the 13th Field Ambulance and returned to Australia shortly after the end of the War in 1919.

The album was one of many souvenirs brought back to Australia after World War I by Lord. Part of a larger collection of photograph albums, images, documents and World War I memorabilia donated by John Lord to Museum Victoria.
Black and white photograph, mounted in a small, blue, army-issued notebook used as a photograph album.
Description Of Content:
What appears to be the mid-section of a warship (due to presence of weapons on deck). There are figures in the foreground, with their backs to the camera, who appear to be on a different vessel looking across at the ship depicted.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 65 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian army, military memorabilia, militaria australian
Themes this item is part of: Life During World War I in Photographs, Arms Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sergeant John Lord, AIF (1896-1951)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battleships
Inscriptions: Hand written in pencil directly below image: 'British / Monitor.' Hand written in ink on verso: 'Queen Elizabeth's / "bull dogs". They have / a pretty nasty "bite" / which extends for a / good 15 miles'.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Gallipoli Peninsula, Dardanelles, Turkey, 1915
Previous Owner: Sergeant John Lord

Private John Lord was originally identified as the photographer of the album, but as there is no record of him serving on Gallipoli, and images in the album depict Gallipoli, the photographer is probably an unknown soldier.

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