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 men, possibly from an Indian regiment, crossing a canal with donkeys.

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 barge sits stationary on a canal, laden with horses and Indian soldiers. Some of the soliders stand inside the barge, holding the horses while others stand on the outside, assisting the men holding the horses. A few Indian soldiers remain standing on the bank of the canal, observing the canal and its cargo. In the foreground, a small, empty rowboat sits in the water. Beyond the barge, on the other side of the canal, a group of tents nestled in front of rolling hills are visible.

Physical Description

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

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