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 the Lancashire Fusiliers band playing in the gazebo at the El-Azbakeya Gardens, Cairo. The Lancashire Fusiliers were formed in 1688 as Peyton's Regiment of Foot, named for their first commander, before eventually becoming the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1881. Thirty battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers were raised for World War I.

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

Photograph showing a gazebo where an army band is playing to an audience of servicemen and civilians, including some women. Some of the servicemen are seated, however there is also a large crowd of people near the gazebo itself.

Physical Description

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

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