Thursday 31 March 2016

In the Shadow of the Sphinx

Friday 31st March 1916: The photograph above shows a mounted section of 2nd/1st East Anglian Royal Engineers and was sent by Pioneer W T King of 17 Gwyn Street, Bedford. The Great Pyramid is in the background. Pioneer King says the horse he is riding is a Russian one. He describes the life of a soldier as a strenuous one and says he could sleep on a clothes line, but is not sorry he joined the Army, as he has seen things he would never have seen otherwise. Although the food has much improved of late, he thanks his relations and friends sincerely for parcels and confesses a weakness for chocolates.

The picture shows (left to right): Sergeant E Mears; Sapper Blackwell; Driver Moore; Pioneer Marks; Driver Newbury; Pioneer King; Pioneer W T King and Sapper Cordingley.

Source: Bedfordshire Standard 20th April 1916

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