Several shots from The Great War that turned up in recent weeks. The first five are new to me. Dad was going through old boxes belonging to his father and came across these snaps taken in Egypt and France in 1916–17. The first is on top of the Great Pyramid in Giza — a whole troop of New Zealand boys made the epic climb to the top — just to say they had I guess.
The next few are in France (or Belgium). The first thing you wonder, of course, is how many of these young men (my grandfather was early 20s at the time) never returned.
The final shot is something altogether different — taken by my Great-Uncle, Julian Brook, in Gallipoli — of a truce to bury the dead. He later died of wounds in France. There is a whole album of Gallipoli shots, now with the Auckland War Memorial Museum, taken by Uncle Julian.
Apart from the tragedy and personal ties evidenced in these shots, what also makes all these shots so poignant is that so few private shots taken by soldiers, and not officially shot, exist of the war simply because soldiers were banned from taking cameras to war. Thus most any shot you see like these comes from an illicit — smuggled — camera.