Portrait of Private Tim W Tovell, Henri 'Digger' Heremene and an unidentified soldier on the deck ...

Accession Number A03679
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film polyester negative
Maker Unknown
Place made At sea
Date made c May 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Portrait of Private Tim W Tovell, Henri 'Digger' Heremene and an unidentified soldier on the deck of transport ship Kaisar-I-Hind en route to Australia. 'Digger' was a French orphan boy who had been appointed mascot of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, when it was stationed at Cologne, Germany. The boy had been smuggled into England and then onto this ship. Private Tim W Tovell was an air mechanic with the Squadron, and the boy's self appointed guardian who later adopted him. The transport was carrying Australian service personnel home to Australia. There is evidence of Henri signing his name as Honore, indicating it maybe his real name.