WAGS Identification Project: 11th Battalion AIF Photograph

The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) has a fantastic project underway that involves the identification of all 703 men from the 11th Battalion AIF featured in the iconic pyramid photograph taken in Egypt on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915.

11th Battalion AIF on the Great Pyramid of Giza, 10 January 1915

While this project is ongoing, it is hoped that as many men as possible can be identified by 10 January 2015 in advance of the centenary of this photograph. Furthermore on 10 January 2015, a commemorative service and event will be held at Kings Park War Memorial.

For event details, information and the registration form click here. This commemorative event hopes to gather as many descendants as possible, and will include an opportunity for descendants to have a group photo taken on the day.

Here is some additional information on the project taken from their dedicated website:


The 11th Battalion, raised in Western Australian within weeks of Great Britain’s declaration of war in August, arrived in Egypt in December 1914 to prepare for the Gallipoli campaign.

On Sunday 10 January 1915, Captain Barnes recorded in his diary: ‘After Church this morning the whole Battalion was marched up to the Pyramid (Old Cheops) and we had a photo took or at least several of them.’

Most of the 703 men who posed for this iconic image have never been identified and it is likely that this is the last photograph of many of them, Captain Barnes included. He was killed in the Dardanelles on 28 April 1915.

The Project

The idea for the project came as a result of the donation of a print of the Cheops image which is now framed and hanging in the WAGS Library.

WAGS webmaster, Chris Loudon, divided a digital copy of the photograph into grids and numbered each man, thereby enabling their features to be enlarged and their position in the image to be easily identified.

As a result, it is hoped to identify as many of the men in the photo as possible by 10 January 2015, the centenary of the day on which the photograph was taken. Click here to see more information about the grid and the identification process.

How You Can Help

If you can identify any man featured in the photograph and provide details of their service, WAGS wants to hear from you! Email Chris or Julie at vigilans@wags.org.au

Visit http://11btn.wags.org.au/ for more on this valuable project.


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