Remembering the Camel Transport Corps

Remembering the men who died carrying camels and donkeys for British soldiers during the first world war.

I visited the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Beirut, Lebanon last Saturday to cover a Remembrance Day ceremony featuring retired British runner Paula Radcliffe. I don’t know nearly enough about the history of that part of the world so walking amongst the 1500 or so stones was an enlightening history lesson for me and a strong reminder of how the sun indeed at one point never set on the British Empire. Most of the names of the dead were Arabic, but others came from all corners of the planet: Australia, west Africa, various points of Europe and throughout India.

Kurt Vonnegut, my favorite author, would have been 93 today. I would have liked to have read what he might have written about soldiers carrying camels and donkeys into battle.

And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 677th straight, was snapped in Beirut, Lebanon, on 07-Nov-2015.

 

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