27th Battalion grave photography project

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert
Accession Number J00004
Collection type Photograph
Object type Negative
Maker Barrington, Glen Roy
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Albert, France: Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area
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 2281 Lance Corporal Norman Gilbert Henley, 27th Battalion, of Goolwa SA, who died of accidental injuries at Contalmaison on 2 April 1917, in Gordon Dump Military Cemetery, (Roll of Honour records show: Albert Peake Wood Cemetery Fricourt). Behind are the graves of Germans, including Wehrmann Gustav ?Volkers and Wehrmann Jacob ?Wiefen. Peake Wood was in German hands from the end of March 1918, until nearly the end of the following August. 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.