No. 2 Australian General Hospital / Mena House / Egypt. The first batch of wounded Australian soldiers from Gallipoli / May 1915
Handwritten names on the photo, all medical officers:
Capt Barton - Captain Alan Sinclair Darval Barton
Col Springthorpe - Lieutenant-Colonel John William Springthorpe
Col Martin - Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Morgan Martin
Maj Campbell - Major Alfred Walter Campbell
Major W H Read - Major William Henry Read
Source: Irene Victoria Read papers, pictorial material and relics, 1839-1951
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Original photo in the public domain, this photo for research & study purposes only. Please do not reproduce without crediting 'Irene Victoria Read papers, pictorial material and relics, 1839-1951' and the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
Major William Henry Read served with No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Egypt, embarking at Sydney H.M.A.T. "Kyarra" on 28 November 1914. Embarked "Themistocles" at Suez on 15 August 1915 on medical officer duty, arriving Melbourne 9 September 1915; appointment terminated 25 September 1915. At embarkation (aged 39), he listed his occupation "Medical practitioner", his wife Mrs Irene Victoria Read and address Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales. One of William and Irene's children was peace activist Margaret Holmes who lived at Mosman.