Shared Photo: Fred Shaw WW1 -- location?

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Hoping someone can identify the location of this photo of  Fred Shaw from the First World War.

According to his military file he spent time in Cairo and literally two days at Gallipoli, August 1915. But IDK if this photo would be from the field, or from a training camp at home.

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WikiTree profile: Fred Shaw
in Photos by Matt McNabb G2G6 Mach 2 (22.9k points)

2 Answers

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Best answer
Its Trentham, Upper Hutt. The hills behind are those of the Hutt Valley and his attestation papers were signed at Trentham.
by Valerie Willis G2G6 Mach 9 (93.2k points)
selected by Fiona McMichael
Well spotted, Valerie!

Should have added, and his uniform looks very new!

+6 votes
G'day Matt,

I know very little about military photos but I'm just going to venture an opinion which could just as easily be wrong.

I think your best way of determining where this was taken is to explore similar New Zealand Army photos of the period. I reckon there are plenty similar ones out there.

It seems to me that it is unlikely to have been taken overseas, as this was the kind of photo you took to leave for your family (of those I've seen a great many).

The ground he is standing on seems to be damp and with more growing in it for what I would expect in Cairo. It's not going to have been shot in Gallipoli.

I think the most likely place the pic was taken is likely to have been at a training camp at home. Do you know where they were?

Curiously the background (behind the tents) looks like a cliffside. It could just as easily be the side of a pyramid, but my guess is that's very unlikely.

Hope this helps a little.
by Ken Hudson G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)

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