Imperial Camel Corps

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Animal Figure
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The memorial sculptor was Cecil Brown. Unveiled Date: 22 July 1921 Attended by: General Sir Philip Chetwode KCB KCMG DSO. The Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes. The Prime Minister of New Zealand William Massey. Dedicated Date: 22 July 1921 Attended by: Bishop of London. Sculptor: Cecil Brown The Camel Corps was a product of the campaign in the Ottoman Empire involvong Lawr4ence of Areabia, Many of the men involved were from the ANZACs.---------------------------------------------------- Westminster Walk Start: Four companies of camel mounted infantry were formed from volunteers from the Australian infantry returning from Gallipoli. Some of these had had experience of riding camels which were taken to Australia in the 19th century. A further 14 companies were formed from British, New Zealand and other volunteers. They used male camels which were less docile and hardy than female camels so cheaper to buy. Several hundred male camels could together create a roaring noise which could be heard for miles!! A camel could go 5 days without water and travel 60 miles in a day over sand or gravel. Their purpose was to combat the threat from Ottoman armies and the Senussi tribes who threatened Egypt (under British occupation) from the Sinai desert. In this they were successful. The battles they fought in the names of those killed are shown on the Memorial. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Route: Walk towards the far end of these attractive gardens and exit R opposite statue to Robert Raikes to the road, turn R and a bit further on find the Belgian memorial (opposite Cleopatra’s Needle & the Sphinx which commemorate the victories of Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Sir Ralph Abercromby at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801). -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENT 3RD BATTN 1. Captain J G McCallum 2. Captain Roy S Priest 3. Lieut. A G R Crawford 4. 2 Lieut. V E Adolph 5. 2 Lieut. S J Gooding 6. 2 Lieut. C F Thorby 7. Sgt Adams J A 8. Sgt Campbell C W 9. Sgt Levett C E 10. Sgt Sanders O F 11. Cpl Bell W C 12. Cpl McMillan J G (correct name McMillin J J G) 13. L Cpl Budge J 14. L Cpl Burr John Gordon 15. Tpr Alexander G S 16. Tpr Bailey C 17. Tpr Barker C H 18. Tpr Bleach P F 19. Tpr Bowman T R 20. Tpr Boyes E G 21. Tpr Chadwick C W 22. Tpr Craig J W 23. Tpr Filluel R P 24. Tpr Friend J S 25. Tpr Gorrie D B 26. Tpr Hicks A R 27. Tpr Kidd S O 28. Tpr Maxwell R 29. Tpr McArthur C 30. Tpr McConnell D 31. Tpr McKenzie R W 32. Tpr McSkimming R H 33. Tpr Metcalfe W 34. Tpr Mills S W 35. Tpr Sandford C H T 36. Tpr Tucker J 37. Tpr Turnwald J F 38. Tpr Walker D 39. Tpr Wilke R L 40. Tpr Wood R J V 41. Tpr Woodhouse L C FULL NAMES 1. Captain John Gordon McCallum 2. Captain Roy Simpson Priest 3. Lieutenant Arthur Grant Ross Crawford 4. 2nd Lieutenant Victor Emiel Adolph 5. 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Jewell Gooding 6. 2nd Lieutenant Charles Frederick Thorby 7. Sergeant James Alexander Adams 8. Sergeant Colin Wilmott Campbell 9. Sergeant Charles Edward Levett 10. Sergeant Owen Frederick Sanders 11. Corporal Walter Charles Bell 12. Corporal John James George McMillan (correct name McMillin J J G) 13. Lance Corporal John Budge 14. Lance Corporal John Gordon Burr 15. Trooper Gilbert Stirling Alexander 16. Trooper Carl Bailey 17. Trooper Charles Henry Barker 18. Trooper Patrick Francis Bleach 19. Trooper Thomas Russell Bowman 20. Trooper Ernest Glanville Boyes 21. Trooper Cyril William Chadwick 22. Trooper John William Hugh Craig 23. Trooper Reginald Philip Filluel 24. Trooper John Stanley Friend 25. Trooper Donald Buckland Gorrie 26. Trooper Albert Robb Hicks 27. Trooper Stewart Oxley Kidd 28. Trooper Robert Maxwell 29. Trooper Charles McArthur 30. Trooper David McConnell 31. Trooper Rupert Whitworth McKenzie 32. Trooper Robert Henry McSkimming 33. Trooper William Metcalfe 34. Trooper Sydney William Mills 35. Trooper Carroll Henry Thomas Sandford 36. Trooper Joseph Tucker 37. Trooper John Francis Turnwald 38. Trooper Douglas Walker 39. Trooper Roland Leslie Wilke 40. Trooper Robert John Victor Wood 41. Trooper Lionel John Woodhouse MISSING NAMES – died of illness or disease 1918 Trooper Arthur Preston Kidd (brother of Stewart Oxley Kidd), died 29 August 1918 Trooper Robert Edward Ireland, died 10 December 1918 Trooper Charles Samuel Shepherd, died 16 November 1918 Trooper John Smith McBride, died 14 November 1918 See Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph

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