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Photograph - Wounded Gurkha Soldiers, SS Caledonia, Gibraltar, Trooper George Simpson Millar, World War I, 1915 Image Reg. No: MM 050421

Photograph in an album that belonged to an Australian serviceman in the 5th Australian Light House during World War I. The album contains 103 small black and white photographs, mainly of Gallipoli in 1915 and some of France and Belgium. They are believed to have been taken by Trooper George Simpson Millar, service no. 160, 'A' Troop, 'C' Squadron, 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigade, A.I.F. He served in Gallipoli and France (for some time as an officer in the Imperial Army), returning to Australia in 1919.

The photograph was taken onboard SS. Caledonia in August/September 1915 while George Simpson Millar was being evacuated from Gallipoli to a hospital in London. The photograph shows wounded Gurkha soldiers sitting on the deck.

SS Caledonia was an ocean liner with the Anchor Line. She was built in 1906 and served as an hospital ship during World War I. On 4 December 1916 she was sunk by the German Submarine U-65 in the Mediterranean,
Monochrome photograph in green and brown-covered album.
Description Of Content:
Photograph was taken on the deck of SS Caledonia.
In the foreground there is an Gurkha soldier in an Gurkha slouch hat (also called an terai hat) sitting on an blanket on the deck. There is a line of similar beds along the wall all the way to the background of the photo.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 60 mm (Width), 85 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, wars conflicts, ships, world war i 1914-1918, australian army, military memorabilia, militaria australian
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: shipboard life
Original Caption: Showing how the hospital ships are over (filled?) - wounded on the main deck of S.S. Caledonia - Gurkha in foreground
Inscriptions: Hand written on secondary support above image: 'Wounded Ghurkas on'
Hand written on secondary support below image: 'deck of Caledonia'
Bottom right corner of album page, handwritten in pencil: '18'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Gibraltar, Gibraltar, 1915
Ship Depicted: .
Photographer: Lieutenant George Millar - Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Australian Field Artillery, 1914-1919

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