Soldiers doing Physical Therapy exercises at Sidi Bishr in Egypt (1918)
A photograph of allied soldiers doing physical therapy exercises in a allied forces camp at Sidi Bishr in Egypt in 1918. The men are gathered in a field, spread out doing exercises. They are being led by a man in shorts and a hat in the right hand corner of the photograph. His back is to the camera. Closest to the camera is the camp band that is playing to help the men maintain their timing. The camp can be seen in the background. The activities shown is described in a letter that was sent by John Jefferson to Springfield College president, Laurence L. Doggett on December 30, 1918. To see the original of the letter, see file rg104-01-a-01a-06c-007 and the transcript at rg104-01-a-01a-06c-008.
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John William Jefferson graduated in the class of 1917. After graduating he joined the service and worked with the Y.M.C.A. during WWI in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine. When the war ended he worked as a National Physical Director for Malay States, Singapore, and Straits Settlements until 1940. He would die the next year (1941) in Perlis, Malaya.