Second Lieutenant Morris James Milliken proudly sits with his men from the 4th Waikato Mounted Rifles in another photograph from the recently obtained "Shepherd Collection" lent for duplication by Margaret Shepherd of Takapuna.
Although this photograph was on the front of a Post Card sent home from Egypt by Trooper Jack Shepherd to his family the card has no date. We can however be certain that this image of the men is taken during training in Egypt between December 1914 and April 1915, as many of the men pictured here were killed or wounded in the following months on Gallipoli. Among those killed was Morris Milliken during the disastouros attack to capture the heights on August 8th 1915.
Again we are fortunate that Jack Shepherd wrote down the names of the men on the reverse of the post card - I know this will be of great interest to the geneologists among our members who search for records of family members, as it is not often we get bothe a name and a photographe together.
Jack writes on the reverse:
F.Levey., Sgt Hill., Chaytor., Bigg Wither., G. Brettelhiem., V. Gillanders., S. Snowden., C.F. Wayne., W. Willoughby., Sgt. Jurd.
2nd Row: Sgt. Holden., Robinson., [space left here for next name but left blank]., [next name could be Pullerton]., C. Gillanders., W. Bennett.
F/R [Front Row]: Shorty., A. Kent., A. Wild., E. Meyers., Lt. Milliken., J. Drabble., A. Smith., W. [Jack] Shepherd., R.M.S. [Regimental Sgt-Major] Foster.