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P01981.009

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P01981.009
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Place made Germany: Schneidemuhl
Date made c 1917

Description

Informal portrait of Prisoners of War (POW) unloading parcels from a horse-drawn cart at the Schneidemuhl POW camp, north of Posen. Photograph was sent to the Australian Red Cross by 3235 Corporal (Cpl) James Skelly, 55th Battalion, from Rockdale NSW. Cpl Skelly enlisted at the age of 21 on 9 August 1915 and embarked for overseas on 30 December 1915 aboard HMAT Suevic. He was captured at Laventie, France on 20 July 1916 and held in POW camps in Germany until he was repatriated to Holland on 13 June 1918. He arrived in England on 22 November 1918. Cpl Skelly embarked to return to Australia on 5 March 1919 and was discharged on 20 June 1919. One of a series of over 400 photographs sent by Australian POWs in German camps to Miss M. E. Chomley, Secretary, Prisoners Department, Australian-British Red Cross Society, London. Original album housed in AWM Research Centre at RC00864, Album image number 14.