Studio portrait of the rugby league team known as the 'Mudlarks'. The Mudlarks was made up of ...

Accession Number P04147.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of the rugby league team known as the 'Mudlarks'. The Mudlarks was made up of members of the 4th Machine Gun Company. They are wearing blue cotton-knit long sleeved rugby jerseys. Below the opening is a black and white painted cotton cutout silhouette of a bird representing the Australian Mudlark or peewee. The surnames of the members are listed around the edge of the original photograph. An Australian flag hangs on the wall in the background. Identified left to right: back row: 2132 Lance Corporal John Henderson Elder; 3233 Stanley Bathurst Tinning "Sam" Allan; 1853 Lance Sergeant Harold George Augustus Kershaw (later awarded a Military Medal); McDonald; Anderson. Middle row: 2799 Frederick James Creasy; Guildford; Sellers; Chapman; 2695 Private Thorold Toll; 205 Lance Corporal Richard Alfred Overy; 1038 Lance Corporal William Harold Harford. Front row: 233 Private Ernest Roy Crane; Lieutenant Walter James Clasper; Lieutenant Victor George Veness; 4245 Private Oscar Mullaly (captain); 3232 Herbert Washington Tinning "Slab" Allan (younger brother of Sam Allan). Toll was captured at Riencourt on 11 April 1917 and taken prisoner of war. On 1 May 1917, he, along with three others, were killed instantly whilst unloading ammunition from a train and an allied shell landed nearby. Clasper enlisted in the AIF and embarked with the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment. He transferred to the infantry and eventually served with the 4th Machine Gun Battalion. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and died of wounds on 30 April 1918. He was awarded a Military Cross posthumously in September 1918. Crane was awarded a Military Medal (MM) in August 1918.