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In the Land of the Pharoahs: A Soldier’s Tour

One hundred years ago, shortly after the end of World War I, Royal Flying Corp Airman Joseph William Bowler made a visit to sites of ancient Egypt while stationed there. In February 2019, he took a No 3 Autographic Kodak camera and travelled by train, donkey and boat from Cairo up the Nile valley. 

His trip included sightseeing visits with local guides to some of the famous temples at Luxor and Karnak, plus an exploration of Aswan and surrounding ‘attractions’ such as the dam, canal, quarry and local villages. On his return to Cairo, he wrote about his travels in a letter home which survives to this day, along with the photographs he took with his camera. This story, using his own words, has been prepared by guest global storyteller, Sue Kelly.

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