|Place||Europe: France, Nord Pas de Calais, Nord, Lille, Fromelles, Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery|
|Object type||Black & white - Photomechanical print|
|Place made||Australia: Queensland|
|Date made||c 1915|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of 318 Private (Pte) Percy Weakley, 31st Battalion, from Spring Hill, Brisbane, ...
Studio portrait of 318 Private (Pte) Percy Weakley, 31st Battalion, from Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland. A 32year old wharf labourer prior to enlistment on 15 July 1915, he embarked for overseas with A Company from Melbourne aboard HMAT Wandilla on 9 November 1915. He was killed in action on 20 July 1916 at Fromelles, France, aged 32. After the war his grave could not be located and he was commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles. In 2008 a burial ground containing the bodies of 250 British and Australian soldiers was located at Pheasant Wood, France. The soldiers died during the Battle of Fromelles on the night of 19-20 July 1916 and were buried by German troops. In 2010 all of the remains were reburied in the newly created Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. At the time of the official dedication of the cemetery on 19 July 2010, ninety-six Australians had been identified through a combination of anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA information. Since then other Australians, including Pte Weakley, have been identified.