Postcard from a World War I album from Egypt containing 33 postcards, most featuring Egyptian themes. Of particular interest amongst these postcards is one containing a letter written to 'Father' (presumably John Peile Snr) signed by 'VS' that mentions Albert Peile. The inclusion of this postcard suggests that the album either belonged to or was compiled by John Peile Snr or another member of the Peile family.

Black and white image of some palm trees at 'Minieh.' 'Minieh' is the French name for the Egyptian town 'Minya.' Situated roughly on the border of Upper and Lower Egypt the city is sometimes known as the 'Bride of Upper Egypt.' The city is also believed to be the site for the ancient city of Men'at Khufu.

Although a popular place to visit due to its proximity to several ancient sites, most notably Tell el-Amarna, the city gained prominence through the introduction of a railway linking it to Cairo and the construction of the British consulate (for the cotton trade) at the start of the 20th century.

Part of a collection of material relating to the World War I service of brothers John and Albert Victor Peile, who both died in the conflict. Younger brother Albert enlisted first. He was a 22-year-old unmarried clerk when he enlisted on 27 August 1914, service number 769, 3rd Battalion. He served in Gallipoli and later France, and was eventually promoted to the rank of corporal. He died in Bullecourt, France on 4 May 1917 and his body was never found. He is commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. His brother John Peile was a 38-year-old unmarried miner when he enlisted on 25 June 1915, service number 2662, 2nd Battalion. He also served in in Gallipoli and France, and was similarly promoted to corporal. He died in France on 18 September 1918 and is buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Their mother died only a few years later in 1926, aged 73.

Their niece was Mrs M. J. Hitchens, the donor. Margaret Joan Hitchens (1916-?) was the daughter of Albert and John's sister Alice and her husband John Henry Dinwoodie.

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Path through palm grove with pedestian on path.

Physical Description

Black and white image of pathway along an embankment, lined with palm trees. A figure can be seen walking in the distance on the pathway.

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