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ID number A02592A
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown (Photographer)


Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Rupert Vance Moon VC, 58th Battalion. Lt Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery during an attack on an enemy strong point' on 12 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. Lt Moon and his platoon captured an enemy position in front of a trench before capturing the trench and leading a further attack to secure the position. He was wounded three times during the attack before he was severely wounded in the face, forcing him to retire from the attack. On 5 February 1919 he was promoted to temporary Captain, returning to Australia in June, where he went on the Reserve of Officers with the rank of honorary captain. This photograph is cropped from A02592.