Baghdad was taken by the British on 11th March 1917. The caption on this photo says: “Nearing the end of the march to Baghdad (probably taken March 11th) with Baghdad just showing on left in distance”.
Cyril sent this photo to Mela in October 1917; she received it 7½ weeks later, as she revealed in a letter of 13th December: “The latest dated letter I have received from you is Oct 22nd. You enclose 16 little snapshots which are very interesting, the latest one showing troops marching to Baghdad.”
The photo was probably taken by Cyril’s colleague, Lieutenant Norman Ainsworth.
© The Sladden family descendants and by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum (reference 60/98/3).