Private Ernest Donald Gow

Private Ernest Donald Gow 4th Bn, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died: 03.02.15 (Double Pneumonia, Mena Hospital, Cairo, Egypt) Age: 24 Headstone Inscription: ‘At Rest’ Son of William and Minnie Gow, of Ulmarra, New South Wales. Born at Wollongong. Ernest Donald Gow (Service No. 1207) was one of the first men from the Illawarra to die in World War 1. He was born in Wollongong in 1890, … Continue reading Private Ernest Donald Gow

‘Egypt’ The Interwar Years: The Funeral of Richard Gurney Peckover

For most of its operational life R.A.F Abu Sueir near Port Said in Egypt was associated with training. Opening in September 1917 the station hosted the No 4 Flying Training School from 1 April 1921 which remained at Abu Sueir until 2 September 1939 when it moved to RAF Habbaniya in Iraq. The images I received this week are from the funeral of Pilot Officer Richard Gurney … Continue reading ‘Egypt’ The Interwar Years: The Funeral of Richard Gurney Peckover

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’

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)

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)

‘The Last Journey of a Gallant Soldier’ Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey DSO, MC, ED (El Alamein War Cemetery)

Whilst browsing the Australian War Memorial I came across a striking image – a photograph entitled ‘The last journey of a Gallant Soldier’ showing the body of Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey en route to the cemetery at El Alamein in November 1942. The body of Brigadier Godfrey en route to the cemetery at El Alamein (Image Source: The Australian War Memorial, 050013 refers)  Godfrey was remembered as ‘happy … Continue reading ‘The Last Journey of a Gallant Soldier’ Brigadier Arthur Harry Langham Godfrey DSO, MC, ED (El Alamein War Cemetery)

Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart (Alamein Memorial – Column 19)

Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart was the son of Arthur Stuart, M.C., 7th Earl Castle Stewart, and Eleanor the Countess Castle Stewart, of Nutley, Sussex, and Stewartstown, County Tyrone. Viscount Stuart received his education at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied Languages prior to joining the service. He joined the 11th Hussars on 15th July 1942 and was described as a fine and … Continue reading Viscount David Andrew Noel Stuart (Alamein Memorial – Column 19)

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)