Photograph of either a 4.7 inch MK5 or a 4 inch MK3 coastal defence gun.

One of an album of 32 black and white photographs of the Middle East during World War I, probably taken by Australian Flying Corps photographer Norman Henry Clutterbuck, the maternal uncle of the previous owner Ray Kerby. The album mostly contains aerial photographs of locations around the Middle East, some of which appear to be duplicates of photographs found in the war diaries of the No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, held at the Australian War Memorial. The album also contains images of what appears to be either the Second or Third Gaza Campaigns. The album ST 41220, from the same source, contains copies of some of the images in this album.

Description of Content

In the front centre of the image there is a large piece of heavy artillery, orientated towards the left of frame. In a semi-circular formation around the back of the weapon are five servicemen, all wearing shorts and shirts with their sleeves rolled up along with pith helmets. All the servicemen are facing away from the camera. The image appears to have been taken in the desert and in the bottom rigth corner there are what appears to be two palm trees and another service man in the distance. What appears to be shell casings can be seen in the bottom right corner.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic print on paper.

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