27th Battalion grave photography project

Accession Number J00027
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker Barrington, Glen Roy
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Daours
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 Lieutenant (Lt) Sydney Clezy (incorrectly inscribed as Clegg) Stockham, 27th Battalion, of Fullarton, SA, in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension. Lt Stockham died of wounds (DOW) on 18 August 1918. In the background is the grave of 595 Private Hilary Cooper Makinson, 2nd Battalion Australian Machine Gun Corps, of Narrabri, NSW, DOW 14 August 1918; 476325 Sapper H Shinkins, 146th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers, who died on 14th August 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.