poppy2 Lt. David Henderson MacDonald - KIA - ID# 694

Lt David Henderson MacDONALD 10 Jan 1915 Cheops Pyramid

David Henderson MacDonald was born on 27th April 1889, the third of the four children of William and Kate (nee Henderson) MacDonald.

David's family had migrated from Scotland to Newtown, New South Wales in the late 1880s.

 

poppy2 William Richard ANNEAR - KIA - ID# 691

Capt. William ANNEAR - Cheops Pyramid 10 Jan 1915History records Captain William Richard Annear with the dubious distinction of being the first Australian officer killed at Gallipoli.

William was the second of four children born to John and Ann Annear, of Ballarat, Victoria. His father John died in 1879 leaving Ann alone to raise their children John (11), Elizabeth (8), William (4) and infant Lilly.

poppy2 Daniel COCKING - KIA - ID# unknown

COCKING Daniel Cpl 980 G coy980 Corporal Daniel COCKING was a prospector from Ballarat, Victoria.

Daniel was apparently working in the northern goldfields of Western Australia around Cue when he enrolled in the 11th Battalion at Geraldton on 4 September 1914.

We suspect that Daniel is in the Cheops photo, but he is yet to be identified.

Ernest Holt FLYNN - RTA - ID# 484

758, Pte Flynn, Ernest Holt - Cheops Pyramid 10 Jan 1915

780 Private Ernie Flynn had just turned 21 when he enlisted for service at Geraldton, Western Australia on 5 September 1914. He joined the 11th Battalion, G Company after undergoing his training at Blackboy Hill, and was part the original group that embarked on HMAT Ascanius (A11) from Fremantle on 31 October 1914.

Ernie returned to Australia after his war service.

Dedication verse for Captain C. A. BARNES

684BARNES, Capt. C.A. Cheops Pyramid 10 Jan 1915

"In a recent issue of the “People” [London] (c.a. September 1915) appears an appreciation of the late Captain Barnes, who fell in action at the operations on the peninsula whilst leading his company of the 11th Battalion.

Captain C. A. Barnes had from boyhood been a resident of this state Western Australia and was practically a soldier from his teens. In civil life he was in service of the W.A. Trustee Company.

John H. Barnes, the uncle of the late Captain “Charley” Barnes, was a well-known English actor. Proud of his nephew, he contributed the following verses to the “People”"

poppy2 Charles Albert BARNES - KIA - ID# 684

Capt. Barnes, Charles Albert - Cheops Pyramid 10 Jan 1915

This is possibly the last photo taken of Captain Charles Albert Barnes - he was killed at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915.

On Sunday, January 10, 1915, Captain Barnes wrote 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.’