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Photograph - Gangplank, SS Caledonia, Gibraltar, Trooper George Simpson Millar, World War I, 1915 Image Reg. No: MM 050420

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 Gibraltar in August/September 1915 while George Simpson Millar was being evacuated from Gallipoli to a hospital in London. The photograph shows the Royal Navy Dockyards in Gibraltar.

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:
In the foreground there is an gangplank with two soldiers wearing peaked general service caps carrying an stretcher. Behind them, on the wharf there is a number of stretcher carts. There is also a group of soldiers wearing pith helmets to the right. To the left there is five men wearing either peaked general service caps, pith helmets or bareheaded. Running from the middle of the photo to the distance there is also a railway track. In the background to the left a line of four cranes are visible and to the right a warehouse is visible. The photograph was taken in the Royal Navy Dockyard in Gibraltar.
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, wharves, gibraltar
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: embarkations
Original Caption: Wounded going ashore at Gibraltar after the 'greatest soldiers battle since Inkerman'------ Taking Wounded ashore - Gibraltar
Inscriptions: Hand written on secondary support above image: 'Taking wounded ashore at'
Hand written on secondary support below image: 'Gibraltar'
Bottom right corner of album page, handwritten in pencil: '18'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Gibraltar, Gibraltar, 1915
Ship Depicted: ., Gibraltar, Gibraltar, 1915
Photographer: Lieutenant George Millar - Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Australian Field Artillery, 1914-1919

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