World War I soldiers in daily life

This digitised image shows a light-hearted moment during World War I as Robert Cyril Vickers lies on his horse while in Egypt.

Australian Light Horseman Robert Cyril Vickers lying on his horse while in camp in the Middle East during WWI, 1914-1918, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No. 29835-0001-0095

Australian Light Horseman Robert Cyril Vickers lying on his horse while in camp in the Middle East during WWI, 1914-1918, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No. 29835-0001-0095

Robert Cyril Vickers was a 20-year old butcher from Alderley who enlisted as a member of the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment and embarked from Sydney in 1915 on board the HMAT Berrima A35 for Egypt. He returned to Australia on 13 March 1919 and died in Brisbane on 1 July 1961. State Library has 148 photos from Vickers’ photographic collection depicting daily life of his regiment. The photographs allow us rare glimpses of  events for the troops stationed in Egypt.

Nearly 30,000 young men enlisted and were portrayed in the Queenslander’s Pictorial Supplements. All of the soldier portraits are out of copyright and are free to use. Please attribute State Library of Queensland.