A hand coloured portrait of 676 Company Sergeant Major (CSM) William Alfred Loosemore, 25th ...

Unit 25th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P12698.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Print hand coloured black & white
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Queensland
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A hand coloured portrait of 676 Company Sergeant Major (CSM) William Alfred Loosemore, 25th Battalion, of Inglewood Hill, near Gympie, Queensland. CSM Loosemore was killed in action, aged 24 on 5 August 1916 at Pozieres and has no known grave. This portrait was originally framed in a group of four with portraits of three of his paternal cousins, the Auchterlonie brothers, also of Inglewood Hill. The eldest brother, Lieutenant (Lt) Archibald Vivian (Viv) Auchterlonie, 25th Battalion initially served as a sergeant with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) on Thursday Island in August 1914 before successfully applying for a commission in the AIF in early 1915. He was killed on 20 October, 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 23. His younger brother, 1702 Sergeant Bertrand Innes (Bert) Auchterlonie, 15th Battalion was killed on 8 August 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 21. The youngest, 1030 Lt Cecil Arthur Auchterlonie, also of the 25th Battalion, served at Gallipoli and was later awarded the Military Cross for actions near Villers Bretonneux in July 1918. He was awarded a Bar to his MC a month later. Lt Cecil Auchterlonie was killed in action on 10 August 1918, aged 22. The pip that the studio artist has painted on CSM Loosemore's epaulette is incorrect, although this could have been a representation of his battalion number which was a common practice early in the war.