Major Adrian Gilbert Scott and Cairo’s Lost Cathedral

Major Adrian Gilbert Scott M.C (1882 – 1963), Royal Engineers, who served in the first World War at Gallipoli and in Palestine was the grandson of Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), one of the leading English architects of the Victorian age. In July 1928 the Egyptian government authorised the sale of a plot of land just to the north of the Kasr al-Nil barracks on the … Continue reading Major Adrian Gilbert Scott and Cairo’s Lost Cathedral

Lieutenant General Vyvyan Vavasour Pope CBE DSO MC and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Vyvyan Vavasour Pope was born on the 30th of September 1891 the only son of James Pope and Blanche Holmwood (nee Langdale) Pope. He was educated at Ascham St Vincent School in Eastbourne and at Lancing College where he was in Seconds House from September 1906 to December 1910. He was a member of the Football XI in 1910 and was a Sergeant in the … Continue reading Lieutenant General Vyvyan Vavasour Pope CBE DSO MC and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

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’

Sister M.T. Martin and her visit to the Great Pyramid

Sister Mary Theresa Martin (1881 – 1929), an Australian Nurse who served with the 2nd Australian General Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. She sailed from Sydney on the 28th November 1914 on the Kyarra, a steel cargo passenger and luxury liner requisitioned and converted into a hospital ship (HMAT A.55 Kyarra) for the purpose of transporting Australian medical units to Egypt. Mary Martin’s life was probably no different from … Continue reading Sister M.T. Martin and her visit to the Great Pyramid

To sew or not to sew? that is the question …Sewing Soldiers and Historical Textiles

The pocket sewing kit originated in the middle of the 18th century. The ‘housewife’ holdall or pouch was an essential component of a soldiers equipment. It contained all that he would require to carry out repairs to his clothing when necessary. Inside, it would contain a range of items such as a thimble, needles, balls of darning wool to repair socks, darning thread to repair his … Continue reading To sew or not to sew? that is the question …Sewing Soldiers and Historical Textiles

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd C M G, D S O and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

‘To my darling sister “Minnie” from Tom’ studio portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, State Library of New Zealand  Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas John Todd, a 41 year old Accountant and Boer War veteran from Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia, enlisted on the 2nd October 1914 into the 10th Light Horse Regiment. The 10th Light Horse  embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia aboard HMAT A47 Mashobra on the 8th … Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel Thomas John Todd C M G, D S O and Bar (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Lieutenant Colonel William Albert Hazel CBE (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)

Albert William Hazel, a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford was a long-served Inspector of the Egyptian Civil Service who was awarded the 3rd Class of the Turkish Order of Medjidie sometime prior to the Great War. Granted the local rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the latter conflict, he was awarded the 3rd Class of the Egyptian Order of the Nile for his ‘valuable services’ (London Gazette … Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel William Albert Hazel CBE (Cairo War Memorial Cemetery)