Black and white photograph, dating from World War I, showing people walking down a road in Baghdad.
Part of a collection of World War I photographs associated with the service of Lionel Knox Trezise (service no. 14340), father of the donor John Trezise. Lionel was a 'reliving postmaster and telegraphist' when he enlisted on 22 March 1916. He was placed in the 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron as a sapper, serving with the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force. During his service he apparently took photographs in India, Sri Lanka and Mesopotamia (Iraq and neighbouring regions). After returning to Australia in 1919 he married and became a public servant. He died in 1972. Lionel's brother John Gordon (Jack) Trezise also served in World War I (service no. 5105). He enlisted on 2 March 1916 while a 26-year-old shop assistant in Broken Hill, and was killed in action in France on 1 June 1918.
Description of Content
View of Baghdad looking across a narrow street towards a domed mosque and minaret in the background. The road is crowded with people, but has rubble on either side.
Black and white photograph with an inscription handwritten on the reverse in pencil. The photograph is slightly discoloured and curled at the edges.
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mr John Trezise, Oct 1984
Place & Date Depicted
Baghdad, Iraq, 1917-1919
British Empire forces first entered Baghdad on 11 March 1917 and Trezise's service records note that he rejoined his unit in Baghdad, after returning from leave, on 19 September 1917.
Past Owner (Probable)
Photograph, Black & White
Reverse, handwritten: "Another view of / Baghdad"
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
8.7 cm (Length), 14.5 cm (Width)