Members of New Zealand's First World War expeditionary force are shown here bathing in the Suez Canal. It is likely that this group are with the Mounted Field Ambulance, of which photographer Jack Peat was a member. For many of the young New Zealanders involved in the war it was an adventure and a chance to visit places they would never otherwise see. This contact with Africa was fleeting and did not substantially alter New Zealand's relationship with the continent. Like many New Zealand soldiers, Jack Peat died in Egypt and was buried there.
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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: Peat Album 259, p. 21, n.1
Photograph by John Trevor Peat
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