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Henry C. Marshall, 1890-1915
Photographer Henry Marshall was working in the Grace Brothers photographic studio in Sydney when war was declared.
Instead of writing a diary, Henry captured his new life of soldiering in detail through his camera lens. Henry took photographs of his friends at the training camp at Kensington, but he also had friends photograph him. Henry features in a number of photographs throughout the album. Each time he appears, he captions himself ‘577’.
He is shown in the album modelling his soldier’s kit before departing for Gallipoli and life in and around Cairo. Henry liked to document every facet of a soldier’s experience, including training and marching in the Egyptian desert, photographing his friends climbing the pyramids and surviving in the trenches at Gallipoli.
Marshall documented the friendships between the men and the social side of soldiering. On Christmas Day 1914, the boys visited the town of Heliopolis, playing tourist. Marshall was photographed wearing a jaunty fez. In Mena camp, Henry photographed his work of developing his photographic films, which were bound in frames, leaning against some rocks.
Henry created his first album of photographs which document his soldiering, titled; From Kensington, Sydney to Cairo. He wrote captions for 356 photographs. The remaining 167 images, which include arriving at Gallipoli and his last days fighting on the Peninsula, are not captioned. The last photograph of himself shows him sitting in his dugout, shaving. He was documenting life, right up to the end.
On the Gallipoli Peninsula
In the early morning hours on 5th of June, Henry was a member of a raiding party ordered to capture a machine gun from a section of Turkish trenches on the Gallipoli Peninsula. During the raid, Henry received a wound to his leg and a more serious wound to his chest. He was evacuated out by stretcher-bearers. He lasted five more days.