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Mena Camp Egypt. An AIF Training Base before Gallipoli Landings

Egypt and the Suez Canal: This map shows how the troops defending the Suez Canal could have been quickly reinforced from the training camps near Cairo.
Part of Mena Camp, ten miles from Cairo, seen from the road running up the centre of the camp, known as Artillery Road. 

At the far end of the road can be seen one of the reservoirs built at the camp; in this one the water burst through the walls. 

On the left are the lines of the 1st Australian Divisional Artillery, and on the right the lines of the 3rd Infantry Brigade (in the 

foreground), and the Divisional Engineers (in the background). On the horizon is one of the pyramids at neaby Gizeh.

Lines of the 9th and 10th Battalions AIF at Mena Camp, looking towards the Pyramids.

The soldier in the foreground is playing with a kangaroo, the regimental mascot.

Many Australian units brought kangaroos and other Australian animals with them to Egypt. Some were

 given to the Cairo Zoological Gardens when the units went to Gallipoli.
Mena Camp, Egypt, 1914-10-06. This photo represents about 1 fifth of the whole encampment. 

The 7th Battalion and 3rd Brigade Australian Field Artillery are way over in the corner marked with an X. (Top of image to right of centre)

The Infantry Lines at Mena Camp, with the Light Horse & Artillery Lines in the background. (Donor Mr. H.J. Attwell)
Portrait of 63 Private Albert Henry Wicks, Batman to General Bridges, of Duntroon, Federal Capital Territory, standing outside General Bridges' tent at Mena Camp, Egypt.
Christmas Dinner (1914) of the 7th Infantry Battalion at Mena Camp. 

The two figures in the foreground are Corporals S Goulding (left), and Driver R A Bunning (right, full face). 

Both were afterwards killed in action. 

At the head of the table is  Lieutenant Whitelaw of Duntroon Military College.

Egypt, probably Mena Camp, C.1914/15. A group of Army cooks beside an outdoor kitchen. (Donor: Joan Thomas).
Cairo, Egypt, WWI. Australian Army Ordnance Depot, Mena Camp.
Egypt. 1 January 1915. Captain Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (C. E. W.) standing on a Pyramid, on New Year's Day. Beneath him is Mena Camp.
An unidentified soldier holding two of the original 1st Divisional Headquarters Transport Army Service Corps draught horses, at Mena Camp in 1915.
Mena, Egypt, C. 1915. Canberra Road, Mena Camp, showing the Army Post Office on the right. Tthe troops shown comprise one of the daily parties who visited the Divisional HQ to have their clothes sterilized (to kill lice). Late 1914 or early 1915. (Donor: A. Bazley).
68 Private William John Crook, 1st Divisional Australian Army Service Corps, of Wonthaggi, Vic, mounted on one of General Bridges' horses at Mena Camp, Egpyt 1914 to 1915.
Cairo, Egypt, 1915-01-09. 

Group of members of the 1st Battalion Band, with their instruments, at Mena Camp, with the Sphinx and a pyramid in the background. 

One member of the band was Frederick G. Jeffkins. 

(Donor E. Aneli)

Mena Camp, Egypt. 1915. Inspection and march past of Allied troops before (British) General Sir Ian Hamilton. 

Australian troops included 4th Australian Light Horse, Australian Artillerey, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Brigades and Ammunition Column.

(Donor A.P. Balland)

Mena Camp, Egypt. C. 1915. Close up of five horses wearing feed bags. (Donor A.P. Balland)
Mena, Egypt. c. 1915. The Mena Hotel which was close to Mena Army Camp and the Pyramids.

The hotel was converted to house No 2 Australian Army General Hospital and No 2 Australian Army Stationary Hospital. 

(Donor J. Campbell)

Mena Camp, Egypt. March 1915. 

An AIF Regimental Medical Detachment on parade with a horse drawn cart known as a Maltese Cart. 

A part of the markings on the cart read Aust Inf and below that can be seen 3 Inf Bde. (Donor Colonel A.G. Butler)

Mena House, Egypt. C. 1915-03. A group of patients with a nursing sister at the 2nd Australian General Hospital gathered under a banner depicting the Red Lion of Scotland.

Inscription on the original: "AIF Scots at Mena". (Donor: R. Poignant)

Portrait of 1st Divisional Headquarters batmen; 32 Private Ernest Henry Rowe, of Mildura, Vic; 27 Private Christopher Arthur Wren, of Footscray Vic, and 56 Private Wilfrid Davis Stanley of Geelong West, Vic, (obscured) at Mena Camp, Egypt.
A group of buildings erected near Mena, by Egyptians, to provide refreshments for AIF soldiers. They display signs such as



Cairo, Egypt. December 1914. Ablutions area at Mena camp, showing men washing next to benches with water in buckets. (Donor B. J. & V. Cardiff)
Egypt, North Africa. 5 April 1915. The end of Mena camp. The men of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade can be seen striking their tents. Camp is already almost empty.

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