British Official Photograph

Accession Number H10659
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Westmoreland, George
Place made Syria: Damascus
Date made 7 November 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel, Commander in Chief, Desert Mounted Corps riding through the city at the head of the Australian Army Light Horse. The following is a quote from Chauvel's letters to his wife about the official entry into Damascus: "head of the column are my Corps police, chiefly Australians, next come my staff, with the juniors in front; then myself riding "Aristocrat" my head groom [can't read name] is riding my chestnut mare, and quite wrongfully, carrying my standard, while my three standard bearers are following him (I am only entitled to one, but have always had two, an Australian and a New Zealander & since I got the Corps, I have added a Yeoman."