World War I photographs, possibly the 23rd Battalion, AIF, identifying John G. Hamilton of Victoria
by [Hamilton, John G.]
Australia, 1915. Two albumen prints of Australian soldiers, one a group shot, the other of men on horses in formation. Notes on the verso of an image of 20 mounted cavalry state (the date erroneous) "Rightmost rider is John G. Hamilton Australia 1920s" and a group shot of 54 men in 4 rows with the caption "John G. Hamilton with Egyptian Force of Australian Army Egypt 1920's and John may be on the 3rd row from the bottom, 4th man from the right. " This photo is posed in front of a stone building. There is a record of a John George Hamilton of the 23rd Infantry Battalion embarking in Melbourne on 10 May 1915. The 23rd Battalion of the Australian Army was raised in 1915 as part of the Australian Imperial Force for service during World War I and formed part of the 6th Brigade, attached to the 2nd Division. After being formed in Australia, the battalion was sent to Egypt to complete its training, before being committed to the Gallipoli Campaign as reinforcements in September 1915. They remained on the peninsula until the evacuation of Allied troops in December, when they were withdrawn back to Egypt where they were reorganized before being transferred to the Western Front in March 1916. Over the course of the next two-and-a-half years, the 23rd took part in a number of significant battles in France and Belgium, before being disbanded in mid-1919 following the conclusion of hostilities. Images approx. 8 x 6" mounted on brown card. Images bright with some slight lightening at the margins, card bright, lower corners a little bumped.
(Inventory #: 21375)
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