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Joe Upson's journey to war

c. 1915

This series of photographs documents the experience of Joe Upson as he attends military training camp in Bunbury and is deployed to Egypt.

Historical information

Capel resident Joe Upson enlisted for military service after the outbreak of WWI. Along with other local men he was drafted into the 'Swan Battalion' at a new camp in Bunbury. They were shipped to Egypt for further training before deployment. On the long journey across the Indian Ocean aboard the SS Osterley, the men had to make their own entertainment, including fancy dress as seen in one of the images here.



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cwa-org-54-IMG789, IMG791, IMG792, IMG794
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Western Australia
c. 1915
Primary significance criteria
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Ron Maidment Archives
Shire of Capel

Shire of Capel

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Joe Upson in uniform
Joe Upson in fancy dress
Volunteers at Bunbury camp
Bunbury training camp
Inscription reads "Men of Swan Battalion drafting into new camp at Bunbury, W.A."