Trooper William Harry Rankin
From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
The Australian Imperial Force, the Australian Army’s expeditionary force in the First World War, was formed in August of 1914. The mounted Australian Light Horse made up part of this force.
This photograph was taken in November, 1914. The troops – both lighthorsemen – would soon leave Australia to fight.
Trooper William Harry Rankin is pictured on the right. He would go on to fight at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire, where he was killed on the 15th of May, 1915.
Rankin, from the New South Wales town of Mudgee, was thirty-nine at the time of his death.