27th Battalion grave photography project

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Accession Number J00016
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
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 6803 Private (Pte) Frederick Barr Currie, 27th Battalion, of Adelaide, SA, killed in action (KIA) 17 July 1918, in Adelaide British Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux. Behind is the grave of 4209 Pte William Henry Robinson, 25th Battalion, of Degilbo, Qld, KIA 27 June 1918; probably 5646 Pte George Robert Searle, 25th Battalion, of Tinana, Maryborough, Qld, KIA 27 June 1918; 5891 Pte Alfred Campbell Powe, A Company, 26th Battalion, of Paddington, NSW, KIA 28 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.