Staff Nurse Louisa Bicknell ‘As brave as any fighting soldier’

Louisa Bicknell was the first Australian nurse to die whilst on active service in Egypt. ‘Louie’ as she was known, was born at Elmore in 1879 to Eliza Bicknell of Abbotsford, Victoria.  She departed from Sydney on HMAT Kyrarra A55 on the 13th of April, 1915 for Egypt and was posted to the No. 1 Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis.  Within a few weeks of her arrival … Continue reading Staff Nurse Louisa Bicknell ‘As brave as any fighting soldier’

Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (WW2)

To conclude my previous post on Egypt’s V.C burials  we shall now look at the holders of the remaining five awards cited during the course of the Western Desert campaigns of WW2, the recipients being three members of the Australian Infantry, a member of the Durham Light Infantry and a member of the General Staff. WX10426 Private Percival Eric Gratwick V.C Date of Death: Between … Continue reading Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (WW2)

Military History, Antiquities and the New Suez Canal

To coincide with the inauguration of the new Suez Canal the Ministry of Antiquities have recently organised several events to mark the occasion. News of interest is the commissioning of a new Museum in the Kantara area which will focus upon  Egypt’s military history from the Pharaonic to more contemporary periods. In a recent interview with Ahram Weekly Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, the coordinator of archaeological sites around the … Continue reading Military History, Antiquities and the New Suez Canal

Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (The Great War)

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth and previous British territories for acts of extreme bravery carried out under direct enemy fire. It is first in the order of wear in the United Kingdom’s honours system and may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command. The VC is usually presented to … Continue reading Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries – Holders of the Victoria Cross (The Great War)

Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries and Memorials

Cemeteries, the final resting places dedicated to our bodies after death, reflect the spiritual beliefs and preferences of every culture allowing families and others a place to go for visiting, mourning, reflecting and memorializing the dead. The Imperial War Graves Commission were charged to care for all members of the Armed Forces who ‘died from wounds inflicted, accident occurring or disease contracted, while on active … Continue reading Interpreting Egypt’s War Cemeteries and Memorials