Arden, Neville Henry, 1889-1917: Photograph album relating to Arden's service during World War I

Arden, Neville Henry, 1889-1917: Photograph album relating to Arden's service during World War I
[ca 1915-1917]
Arden, Nevile Henry, 1889-1917

Digital copy of a photograph album containing 323 black and white photographic prints which mostly relates to Neville Henry Arden's military service during World War One. Arden served in the 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, and 3rd Battalion Otago Regiment, NZEF. Service number 23/1288. The photographs were taken by unidentified photographers between 1915 to 1916. Some photographs feature Arden. Images show army training in New Zealand, the sea voyage to Egypt, life in camp, training and sight-seeing in Egypt, and leave activities in England. Some pages have inscriptions underneath the images with date, location and names. Some photographs have captions on the print. The album also includes a smaller number of images relating to Arden's life in New Zealand.

The first group of photographs shows scenes of army training in New Zealand; probably the 1st New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Scenes include training marches, Rangiotu camp, rifle practice in trench, kit inspection, horse laden with cable drums, two officers on horses, wagons with chimneys, soldiers carrying tripods.

The second group of photographs are taken on the sea voyage to Egypt. Scenes taken onboard show activities on deck, including the signaller, soldiers playing games, washday, soliders coming aboard. Scenes taken from the gunnel show transport ships HMNZT No. 30 'Maunganui', No. 34 'Warrimoo', No. 31 'Tahiti', No. 27 'Willochra' leaving Albany and on the river at Freemantle, Australia; a passenger liner passing on the open sea, passing islands at the straits to the Red Sea, ships at the entrance to the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez (dated 14.11.15).

The third group of photographs show scenes at Port Tewfik, Heliopolis,and Cairo, Egypt. Shows Arden on the Suez wharf, soldiers with locals loading ammunition on to train at Port Tewfik, local men, street scenes, train for Suez to Cairo, an acrobatic trio of boys posing, line of troops off to the front, soldiers posing beside their tents at military camp, Heliopolis, Arden in pith helmet and leather slippers, the fairy grotto and a baby giraffe at Cairo Zoo, the Australian hospital at Helipolis, nurse Sister E. McAllun (?).

The fourth group of photographs are taken at Mersa Matruh, Egypt. Two prints show a panorama of the army camp dated 1916. Scenes show a mosque, fort, palm trees, hospital ship and other vessels offshore, water well, entrance of Matruh harbour, soldiers washing with first fresh water for three months, local stone masons building a blockhouse, army and wagons marching, outpost, C Company cookhouse, sergeants mess, Arden (dated 24.11.15) and soldiers in camp, including Captain Cowles, Second Lt. Mackey, Lt. Holderneas (sp?), Captain Gascoigne, Sergeants Clemens and George, Colonel Fulton, and the A.D.L to General Peyton. Other scenes show wounded Sikh soldiers waiting for ship and leaving Matruh, a trawler off Matruh, the Sergeant Major asleep, D Company leaving Matruh, the 16th Platoon leaving.

The fifth group of photographs are taken at a location in Egypt - possibly El Rakum. Shows a walled garden, tomb and graveyard, soldiers interacting with local men (the 'sports committee' and the 'sports meeting'), camels waiting to be loaded, the arrival of South African troops (dated 14.2.16).

The sixth group of photographs are taken at Alexandria, Egypt. Scenes show ships at the harbour entrance, hospital ship, piles of kit bags, forage at Christmas, the 16th platoon on arrival at Alexandria, Dr Bogle (?) and Captain Bell, D Company, tents, Arden (dated 18.2.16), Metras camp.

The seventh group of photographs are taken while sight-seeing on leave in Egypt. Scenes show locals and soldiers, the banks of a river, historic ruins, Rameses II statue at Dead City of Memphis, donkey and cattle grazing, bullock and wheel, shady streets and Egyptian buildings. Also scenes show soldiers posing in camp, large building and row of Red Cross ambulances.

The eighth group of photographs are taken in England. Scenes show countryside, historic buildings, thatched cottages, including Stockton Park, lodge and church, Bath, Fonthill Bishop village, the Pavilion stately home at Fonthill, Gifford. Also scenes show Codford No.8 Camp, Codford Park, Codford Manor house, a steam train, soldiers on route march near Upton Lovel, Brocklehurst, Mrs Bristol and Miss Hewitt outside Aotearoa Club hut, Codford, Captain Caldwell, Lt. Armstrong, Lt. Ramsay, Captain Waring, Lt. Hogg, Lt. Kendrick, and others, a rabbit shooting party, St Martins Mens Club.

The ninth group of photographs show scenes taken in New Zealand; a man beside a water wheel, Mount Taranaki, a beach coastline landscape. Also two postcards, Miss Edith Cavell and a Maori Chieftain in korowai cloak carrying a mere; and a newspaper clipping of the Boulcott Farm memorial stone.

Source of title - Title supplied by Library

Inscriptions: Front end leaf page is inscribed 'N.H. Arden 1915'; back end leaf is inscribed 'N.H. Arden'.

Quantity: 68 electronic scan(s) of original black and white photographic print(s).

Provenance: Lender bought the album some years ago, from a shop selling military collectables.

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