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Photograph - 'On Board Hospital Ship', Private John Lord, World War I, 1915 Image Reg. No: MM 120052

Black and white photographic print showing passengers on the HMHS Devanha - the last hospital ship to leave the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) for Egypt in 1915. The inscription states that the 'light cases' were kept on deck whilst the beds were reserved for the more serious cases. The voyage lasted three days.

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:
Five men on deck of ship, four reclined, one sitting. The man in foreground is covered with a blanket from head to ankles.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 65 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: medical services & facilities
Inscriptions: Hand written in pencil below image: 'On board Hospital Ship / bound for Egypt.' Hand written in ink on centre verso of image: 'On the way to Egypt / after doing their bit. / The light cases are / kept on deck the beds being / reserved for the more / serious. The trip takes 3 days'.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, 1915

In transit between Gallipoli Peninsula and Egypt.
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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