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Photographs - 'Carrying Stones to Mark Out Camp Lines', Egypt, Captain Edward Albert McKenna, World War I, 1914-1915 Image Reg. No: MM 120506

One of 139 photographs in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Captain Edward Albert McKenna. The photographs include 7 Battalion training in Mena Camp, Egypt, and sight-seeing. Inside front cover of the album is the name Lillie Mckenna - possibly the owner and/or maker.

Image depicts men marking out a camp in Egypt - probably Mena Camp, as many other images in this album depict Mena Camp. The image identifies Sergeant Kent Hughes, labelled as a Rhodes Scholar. Hughes (later Sir Wilfrid Selwyn Kent Hughes) had been born to a privileged family in Melbourne and was in Oxford at the outbreak of war. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private, and served in the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli before being wounded. He reached the rank of major and was awarded the Military Cross. He returned to Oxford after his discharge from the army, and went on to become an Olympian. He later served in World War II and spent three years as a prisoner of the Japanese. He died in 1970
Black and white silver gelatin photographic print.
Description Of Content:
Group of seven soldiers carrying pale-coloured stones. They are all wearing uniform shirts and trousers with hats; all but one have rolled up sleeves, and puttees on their legs. The final man is in a pale-coloured top and has bare feet. Tents are visible behind them; several soldiers and perhaps a local are also visible.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr J. Willis, 1986
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces, australian army, army camps, soldiers, tents, military camps, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Captain Edward Albert McKenna, AIF (1877-1915)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: army camps
Inscriptions: Written in ink on mount: 'carry stones to mark out camp lines / Sergeant / Kent Hughes / 2nd from the / right. / Rhodes Scholar'.
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Captain Edward McKenna, Mena Camp, Egypt, 1914-1915
Person Depicted: Wilfrid Hughes, Mena Camp, Egypt, 1914-1915
Creator: Elizabeth (Lillie) McKenna, Malvern, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918

Of Album
References: Information on Wilfrid Kent Hughes from Wikipedia,, accessed 22/2/2011.

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