|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Port Melbourne|
|Date made||16 August 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Josiah Barnes collection of First World War negatives and prints
Members of the 4th Reinforcements, 12th Machine Gun Company, sitting and standing in rows waiting to embark on the troopship RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916. Identified left to right: lounging in front: unidentified; 321 Private (Pte) Roy Charles Burns, butcher of Brisbane, Qld; unidentified; 340 Pte George Henry Wright, labourer of Kettering England.; unidentified; unidentified. Sitting, left to right: unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; 344 Pte Brian Percy Morris, farm labourer of Yarrum, Vic. Standing, left to right: unidentified officer, leaning on his swagger stick; unidentified sergeant; unidentified; unidentified; possibly 335 Pte Edwin Archibald Richardson, ploughman of Lismore, NSW; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; unidentified; 347 Pte Edward John Lovell, blacksmith of Rockbank, Vic; unidentified. Pte Wright was killed in action on 10 December 1917 in France. At the time of his death Pte Wright was a Lance Corporal (L Cpl) with 23rd coy, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Pte Morris died of wounds (gas) aged only 19 years on 19 March 1918 in France. He was a member of the 21st Coy Australian Pte Lovell died of wounds on 2 October 1917 in Belgium as a member of 11th coy, Australian Machine Gun Corps.