Photograph of the HMLS Pincher. His Majesty's Land Ship Pincher was a Mark I Male tank and was one of eight tanks shipped out to the Middle East as part of the Gaza Detachment, Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps commanded by Major Norman Nutt. The HMLS Pincher was commanded by Second Lieutenant Patrick and was involved in both the Second and Third Gaza Campaigns. It is believed that the HMLS Pincher survived both battles; however, its ultimate fate remains unknown. The detachment was disbanded in March 1918 and it is likely that the HMLS Pincher returned to the UK.
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
Image depicting a tank that appears to be orientated towards the left of frame. Behind the tank are half a dozen palm trees.
Black and white photographic print on paper.
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mr Ray (Raymond) V. Kerby, 08/1987
Mr Ray (Raymond) V. Kerby
Previous owner of the album in which the photograph appears. His name is inscribed in the front of the album. He was the nephew of the probable photographer, Norman Henry Clutterbuck.
Photograph, Black & White
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
98 mm (Width), 73 mm (Height)
Approximate dimensions [margins of the photograph are obscured by the window mount of the album]