Group portrait of Officers of the Australian Field Artillery in front of the sphinx and pyramids ...

Accession Number P03954.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Place made Egypt: North Egypt, Mena
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Group portrait of Officers of the Australian Field Artillery in front of the sphinx and pyramids at Giza. All of the officers embarked on HMAT Shropshire from Melbourne on 20 October 1914. Identified, left to right: standing: Captain (Capt) Gideon Jervis Crespin, Officer Commanding 2nd Field Artillery Brigade Ammunition Column (2FABAC); Capt Fred Leslie Biddle, No 4 Battery FAB; Major (Maj) Hector Osman Caddy, OC 5FAB; Maj John Brier Mills, OC No 6 Battery FAB; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) George Jameson Johnston, OC headquarters 2FAB; Maj Owen Forbes Phillips, OC No 4 Battery FAB; Capt Norman MacDonald, Veterinary Officer; Capt James Goodall Francis Madden, OC No 3 Section, Divisional Ammunition Column (DAC). Kneeling : Capt Cyril Herman Spurge, No 5 Battery; Lieutenant (Lt) Patrick John McCormack, No 4 Battery; Lt Clarence William Wolfenden, No 4 Battery; Lt William Roy Hodgson, No 5 Battery; Lt Alexander Moore Forbes, No 6 Battery; Lt Herbert Richard Byrne, BAC; Lt Robert Clive Crocker, BAC; Capt Raymond Stanley Whitford, Medical Officer; Capt George Ingram Stevenson, No 6 Battery; Capt Young. Sitting: Lt Shirley Thomas William Goodwin, Orderly Officer; Lt Henry John Frederick Coe BAC; Lt Ross Cairns McCay, BAC; Lt Geoffrey Lewis Strachan, No 5 Battery; Lt Norman Siddall, No 4 Battery; Lt Arthur William Dodd, No 6 Battery; and brothers Maj Vivian Harold Gatliff, No 5 Battery and Capt Frank Edward Gatliff, No 6 Battery, who was killed in action on 6 August 1917 in Belgium aged 22. Both of the Gatliff brothers from Croxton, Vic, enlisted in August 1914. The family also had three other brothers serving with the AIF. Maj Vivian Gatliff was later to awarded DSO in 1917, and went on to serve as a Brigadier in the Second World War. An elder brother Charles Edwin Gatliff had served in the Boer War prior to serving in the First World War.