Unidentified New Zealand soldiers, World War I, Zeitoun Camp, Cairo
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This is probably Zeitoun Camp, Cairo.
Date, unknown. World War I, perhaps 1914.
Notes from Phil Lascelles:
This could be EITHER the last day at Zeitoun prior to departing for Gallipoli in May 1915 OR the last day at Zeitoun prior to departing for France in April 1916.
1. There are no rank insignia on his uniform (Jack was promoted to Corporal in 1916) so it could be 1915.
2. The officer looks to have Maori features and the hat badge looks like NZ Pioneers. 1st Maori Contingent arrived at Port Suez on 26 Mar 1915 and marched into Zeitoun Camp from Port Suez.They later moved to Malta.
3. Maori Contingent left for the Dardanelle Peninsula from Malta (via Alexandria) in June 1915 by which time Jack was already on Gallipoli.
So my guess is that it was taken in May 1915 the day before he left Zeitoun Camp for Alexandra for embarkation to Gallipoli.
Jack Stainton was born at Hicks Bay. Could the officer have come from Hicks Bay and was he known to Jack from his youth ??