Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DAX1796A
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original whole plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows
Date made c July 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of 113 of the 154 members of the 9th Reinforcements, 60th Battalion, who were scheduled to embark from Sydney, on 16 July 1917, aboard HMAT Port Melbourne (A16).
The front row includes (left to right):
Position 6: Lieutenant (Lt) John Lawrence Simpson, killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on 27 April 1918;
Position 7: Lt Edward Kozminsky Hatfield;
Position 8: Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) (later Lt) Walter St George Sproule;
Position 9: 2nd Lt Charles Roger Buchanan (later 59 Battalion);
Position 11: possibly 3505 Sergeant Victor Alexander Frederick Hamilton, killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on 27 April 1918 (see P08514.004).

Lt Simpson and 2nd Lt Buchanan were embarking for their second tour of duty, both having previously been wounded and returned to Australia.