Composite portrait of 3580 Private (Pte) Sydney Joseph Johnston (left), of Bundaberg, Qld, and ...

Accession Number P08199.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital file JPEG
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Composite portrait of 3580 Private (Pte) Sydney Joseph Johnston (left), of Bundaberg, Qld, and 3642 Pte Harold Newham Tompkins, of Charleville, Qld, both of the 31st Battalion. Pte Johnston was a station overseer and Pte Tompkins a photographer prior to enlistment. They embarked with the 8th Reinforcements from Brisbane on HMAT Boorara on 16 August 1916. Pte Tompkins was killed in action on 26 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, aged 25. Pte Johnston was allocated a new service number, 3580A, and was promoted to Corporal (Cpl). He was killed in action on 29 September 1917, also at Polygon Wood. He was aged 21. Cpl Johnston and Pte Tompkins have no known graves and are commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.