Group portrait of members of 57/60 Infantry Battalion in camp at Diamond Creek, Victoria. Note ...

Accession Number P05182.030
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker HM Walker Studio
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Diamond Creek
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of members of 57/60 Infantry Battalion in camp at Diamond Creek, Victoria. Note VX48254 Major Reginald Ernest Wall (second row, tenth from left), later Lieutenant Colonel, 2/23 battalion, killed in action 4 September 1943. Others identified all in the second row are G Patterson (? second from left); Lt C Simpson (? sixth from left); Lt Gahan (? eighth from left); Lt Larkins (? tenth from left); Capt Moodie (? 11th from left); Major Corby (13th from left); Lt Col Jas Stephens (14th from left); Lt Robert Otto Boese (15th from left); Lt Coombes (16th from left); Lt Costello (17th from left). Image from a large album of 86 pages containing 1858 photographs associated with the service of Lieutenant Robert Otto Boese, 2nd Battalion, during the First World War, and, as VX9912 Warrant Officer (WO) with 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station during the Second World War. Private Boese originally served six months in a Depot battalion in Australia. He later enlisted in the AIF and went to officer training at Duntroon then embarked as a Second Lieutenant with the 24th Reinforcements to the 2nd Battalion on 10 February 1917. in July 1917, following further training in England, he joined his unit in France. He received a severe wound to the chest in September 1917 requiring hospitalisation in England. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1917 prior to rejoining his unit. In February 1918 he was back in hospital with a fractured jaw, then spent further time at the School of Instruction before rejoining the 2nd Battalion. In March 1919 Lt Boese was a member of the 1st Division Football Team. He returned to Australia on 6 July 1919. On 27 December 1939 he enlisted in the Second AIF and served in the Middle East. VX9912 WO Boese returned with wounded soldiers aboard the Dutch ship Oranje in December 1941. He was discharged from the 2nd AIF on 9 February 1942, but resumed service with the Army in Australia. A keen photographer, he comprehensively recorded and documented (often humorously) his experience in both wars in this album providing a wonderful record of activities, personalities and locations.