|Place||Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Bray Proyart Area, Cappy|
|Object type||Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other|
Barrington, Glen Roy
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Bray Proyart Area, Cappy|
|Date made||c February 1919|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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27th Battalion grave photography project
The graves of Captain William Stanley Willshire MC of Broken Hill, NSW, killed in action 29 August 1918, and 5616 Private Thomas Edward Marriott MM of Ardrossan, SA, both of the 27th Battalion, killed in action 30 August 1918, in Cappy Communal Cemetery Extension. A soldier, 4210 Sergeant Henry Matthew Skinner MM, lays a wreath on the grave of each comrade. 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 Skinner 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.