27th Battalion grave photography project

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Accession Number J00002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Negative
Maker Barrington, Glen Roy
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Date made c February 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The grave of 1997 Private (Pte) George John (incorrectly inscribed as G T) Vierk, 17th Reinforcements, 27th Battalion, of Farrels Flat, SA, killed in action (KIA) 6 July 1918 (Roll of Honour 7 July 1918), in Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux. He embarked on A19 HMAT Afric on 6 November 1916. Behind is the grave of 4303 Pte George Brown, 28th Battalion, of Fremantle, WA, KIA 9 July 1918 and 916 Pte Clifton Jones, Vic, 37th Battalion, enlisted Wandiligong, KIA 18 June 1918. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves. The camera and negatives were then acquired by Major John L Treloar on behalf of the Australian War Museum, reimbursing costs for the camera to Capt Southon.
One of a set of 66 images requested by Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Royden Chalmers. The 27th Battalion history 'The Blue and Brown Diamond' relates that 4210 Henry Matthew Skinner MM and battalion photographer Barrington left Mont-sur-Marchienne on 2 February 1919 to photograph scattered graves of soldiers of the unit. Skinner features in a number of the images photographed by Barrington. Copies were supplied to next of kin and near relations.