Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Unit 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number DA12044
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows
Date made c October 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 4061 Lance Corporal (LCpl) Stanley Robert McDougall, 12th Reinforcements, 15th Battalion, of Recherche, Tas. LCpl McDougall enlisted on 30 August 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Suffolk on 30 November 1915. He was later promoted to a Sergeant (Sgt) and transferred to the 47th Battalion. Sgt McDougall was awarded the Victoria Cross on 3 May 1918 for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when the enemy attacked" on 28 March 1918 at Dernacourt, France. Sgt McDougall realised that the enemy had entered the line and charged the second wave of the enemy as they tried to enter the line. He succeded in stopping the second wave, at which point he attacked the enemy that already gained entry, killing many and enabling the capture of thirty three prisoners, thus stopping their advance. Eight days later he repelled another enemy attack in the same spot, for which he was awarded the Military Medal. Sgt McDougall returned to Australia on 24 August 1918.