Group portrait of No 3 Platoon, 8th Battalion taken on a French farm shortly before the Battle of ...

Accession Number P12797
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin, Frame, Frame - glass
Place made France, France
Date made c August 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of No 3 Platoon, 8th Battalion taken on a French farm shortly before the Battle of Amiens which commenced on 8th August 1918. It was during in this battle that the 8th Battalion suffered significant losses. Identified from left to right in the photograph inserts: 5445 Private (Pte) Oswald Andrew Rixon; and 2742 Pte Robert Matthew Beatham, VC (killed in action on 11 August 1918).
In the group image from left to right, back row: 4832 Pte Harold Albert Manson; 3952 Pte John Alfred Varty; 7061 Pte Henry Todd, MM; 4746 Pte Alfred Bryant, MM; 6977 Pte David Maynard Crichton; 2699 Pte Charles Victor Tait (killed in action on 17 April 1918); 7101 Pte Richard Hobart Hanan; 6573 Pte Reginald John Naylor (killed in action on 9 August 1918); 5442 Corporal (Cpl) James Edward Proctor; 7172 Pte Charles Winchcombe; and 7229 Pte Albert George France (died of wounds on 15 August 1918).
Second row: 2567 Pte Vincent Lindsay Bourke (later MM); 3474 Pte John James Sutherland (died of wounds on 11 August 1918); Jack Richards; 3831 Pte Leslie Gordon Kittle, MM; 3281 Sergeant Herbert Henry Tanner (died of wounds on 9 August 1918); 1700 Lieutenant Albert Clement Hall, MM (later MC); 3948 Cpl Albert Charles Toole (killed in action on 9 August 1918); 4269 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) James Roy Murray, MM (later Bar to MM); Curlie; and 5402 Pte Robert Kidd.
Third row: 7090 Pte Arnold Godfrey Cottee; 7081 Pte Thomas Samuel Lodge; 6254 Pte Michael Francis Donnelly; 3674 L Cpl William George Nottingham (later MM, DCM, Belgian Croix de Guerre); 3608 Pte John Lawrence Sullivan (later MM); 841 Driver Abraham John Barton; McNalty; and 7362 Pte Edward McCarthy.
Front row, reclining: both soldiers are unknown.