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Cheops Images

11th Battalion Cheops images have been restored here and are also available on the  >>  WAGS Website


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This website is provided by the Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) as a service to the public and the specifically for descendants of the 11th Battalion A.I.F.

It is dedicated to the memory of all of the men of the 11th Battalion irrespective of whether they appear in the Khufu / Cheops pyramid photo.

The time taken to research and provide information, data and images plus this website is undertaken by WAGS volunteers.

Some descendants have suggested that they would like to make a donation towards the WAGS 11th battalion project. To this end we have provided a link below.


This link will take you to the WAGS main website shop section where you can make a donation, the amount is your choice.

All donations to the WAGS 11th Battalion Project will be specifically used by WAGS to offset costs incurred by WAGS 11Bn Project.


Thank you for your donations.

WAGS 11th Battalion Project Team.



11Bn tributes and stories

We currently have tributes on these pages for 35 soldiers, with many more to come.

Tribute articles on the links below will provide an idea of what has already been done.

For further information and hints have a look at our Guide to Submissions and Tributes page.


Submissions Blackboy Hill Training Camp Ernie FLYNN (left), others unidentified

Have a look at the tribute articles on the Tributes Page to get an idea of what has already been done.

When submitting material in support of an identification, or a story to be included in the tributes, please quote the grid square and soldier ID number, along with the soldiers service number.

This will assist us in reducing potential errors.


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Normal copyright provisions apply to narrative material and images on this website.

Material on this website has been supplied or gathered from a variety of sources. All images have been attributed when the source is known.

If you use the images or other material on this website please attribute back to the relevant page and image on this website, as well as to the original copyright holder.

We have not knowingly used any material which is copyright to an individual or organisation that has not been acknowledged. If you are the copyright holder of any material that has been incorrectly used on this website, please let us know and we will either remove the material or attribute it correctly with your permission.

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Contact Us

If you have identified, or have information about any of the soldiers in the 11th Battalion Cheops image, please click on the link below to send an email message, we will respond as soon as possible.

Please email details to Chris at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


11th Battalion stretcher bearers in training prior to leaving Blackboy Hill c.a. Sept 1914

11th Battalion stretcher bearers
in training prior to leaving Blackboy Hill c.a. Sept 1914
(Image courtesy the Blanchard collection)


About WAGS 11Bn Project

The 11th Battalion A.I.F. on the Great Pyramid of Giza, 10 January 1915

When the guns have ceased to thunder and the cruel war is done,

And the story told of nations and what each has lost and won,
Will those who write the record ever pause to note the loss
Of the many thousand heroes who did not get the cross?

J. H. Barnes "My Brother's Son" - Globe Theatre, Sept. 9, 1915.



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

11th Battalion on the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at Giza, Egypt - 10 January 1915

On Sunday, January 10, 1915, Captain Barnes recorded in a letter to his mother: '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 704 men who posed for this iconic image have never been named / 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 28th 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, coupled with a desire to expand the work of the late Allan Ellam who, in the 1980s, commenced a similar project. The 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.

In addition, the site will record the stories and honour the sacrifices made by all of the men of the 11th, not just those that appear in the Cheops photo.

For a close up detail of the image, please refer to the Photo ID & Grid page. Smaller snips of the grid will be available on individual post pages (see Recent Posts menu on the left). Individual names may be searched in the Surname & Select Category drop down, as well as via the Search box. ID #’s and Grid References are also shown in the Grids, ID's & Posts box on the left, click on the required reference to access that item.


Information compiled by Allan and Raye Ellam relevant to this project has been generously supplied by the custodians of the Ellam-Innes collection, the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, Western Australia. WAGS gratefully acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Museum’s Curator, David Theodore.

You can help

Can you identify any man featured in the photo and provide details of their service? By providing this information as well as any additional photographs, you will help us reach our goal of naming as many men as possible by the target date in January, 2015.

This project will continue beyond 2015. We will no doubt increase our collective knowledge of the men of the 11th Battalion, and hopefully provide a name to those soldier who are in the Cheops photo.

Please refer to the Photo ID & Grid page to determine the photo ID number for a soldier of interest, and refer to that ID number and the grid square reference number in which the number appears, in any correspondence.

Please email details to Chris or Julie at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published articles about the 11th Battalion Project.

Martin, Julie - "From little things, big things grow" - Western Ancestor December 2014

Martin, Julie - "Exploring the context - a ghost of a moment in time" - Western Ancestor March 2015