The following are photographs taken and original comments by Lieutenent Colonel Sir Trent Champion De Crespigny of 3rd General Hospital at Lemnos 1915. These photos have only come to light since the formation of the SA Health Services Historical Research Group.
1. No. 3 General Hospital A.I.F. Lemnos 1915
2. This is the first of a series of 4 pictures (numbered 1 to 4) which I put together in that order 1 in from the left then 2 and so on form panoramic [view] taken from the top of the rise in which we are situated at the S.E. corner of our area. The big tent to the left of this picture is part of the quartermasters store. This should be
joined to 1.
3. This should be joined to 2It shows the pier where we landed on the first day. This is joined to 3 It shows the entrance to the harbour The Aquitania is in the distance or it may be the Mauritania
4. This is the Aquitania painted and fitted as a hospital ship
5. Our bivouac by the sea-shore the day after we landed. This was taken in the early morning before the men awoke.
6. Our landing at Lemnos The first boat load of men leaving the steamer for the shore
7. LTCOL Dich and the nurses They are being piped into the camp by the piper on their arrival
8. No.3 General Hospital A.I.F Looking down main street from the Western End
9. One of the streetsof the camp (3rd Genl Hosp)
10. Our laundry on the edge of the Bay. The water is drawn from a well. The men who do the washing are a Corporal and private and 20 Greeks hired from a nearby village.
11. Major Kenneth Smith (Registrar) on my left and I outside my tent 20.12.15
12. LTCOL Stawell Major Martin (rolling cigarette) Captain Waugh (on horse).
13. The Orderly room tents with notice front Frame of kitchen hut behind. Fatigue hourly resting in foreground, notice telephone wire, Bell tent is the post office post pillar to the R of it.
14. Sunset From Western side of Mendus Bay. Our hospital lies just to the right of the R edge of picture.
15. Collation of photos From left to right 1. Greek village scene, 2. Men bivouac when we landed, 3. Main street of hospital, 4. dinner rations, 5.Australian soldiers from Peninsular marching across To rest camp, 6. Mens tents (3 A.G.H.), 7. Dince the mascot, 8. Patients outside ward, 9. Outside ward I dont know what they are doing.
16. Egyptians ramming down a cement floor The man in front chants a sort of song and at the end of each line the others sing wah-wah-wah- and give a bang with the rammer – they work very slowly and make much noise.
17. Typical Street in one of the tiny Greek villages with a man and woman in the dress that they always wear.
18. Greek peasant taking away the washing.