One of 108 images in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Captain Edward Albert McKenna. The album contains photographs of the 7th Battalion in Egypt.

Image of horses being loaded onto the train to take them to Ismalia. According to its war diaries, the 7th Battalion received orders to move to Ismalia on the 2nd of February 1915 and according to the inscription this image was taken on February 4, 1915.

The album relates to the service of Captain Edward Albert McKenna. McKenna, born in Castlemaine, Victoria, was a 36-year-old department manager of soft goods when he enlisted on 17 August 1914. He lived at 5 St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne, and had been married to Elizabeth ('Lillie') Mary McKenna since 1910. He embarked from Melbourne 19 October 1914 on the HMAT Hororata, and served in the 7th Battalion Australian Infantry.

He was killed in action in Gallipoli around 25-30 April 1915, aged 37. His kit bag was unusually full, even containing seven shirts, a pillow, six towels, a travelling rug, gumboots, and pyjamas and slippers. Also amongst his possessions was a camera, although no photographic prints or albums.

He was buried at 7 Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli. His details appear on the honours roll on the web page of the Australian War Memorial.

Description of Content

A group of five saddled horses, facing away from the photographer, and standing close by a group of five Australian soldiers. One of the soldiers appears to be placing items in a horses saddlebag while the other men are standing nearby. Behind the horses a train carriage, broken up into individual stables, stands stationary. Each of the stables has an open gate and a small walkway leading from the ground onto the train carriage. In the background beyond the train, a clock tower and group of buildings are visible.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic print on paper with a white border.

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