Oversized Wallet 1 of 1 - Souvenir album relating to George Pickering, 1915 - 1919

Accession Number AWM2020.22.219
Collection number 3DRL/3134
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Album
Physical description 36 Image/s captured
Maker Pickering, George
Place made Australia, France
Date made 1915-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the First World War service of 5158 Lieutenant George Pickering, No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, England, France and Australia, April 1915 - February 1919.

Oversized Wallet 1 of 1 - Contains a souvenir album housing certificates, papers, postcards, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Pickering's service with 3 Infantry Battalion, training with the Royal Flying Corps and service with No. 3 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps until his death from influenza on 21 November 1918. Items include a detailed summary of service, certificates and records relating to his appointment as an Officer in the Cadet Corps of the Commonwealth in 1914, training with the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and graduation as a Flying Officer with the Australian Flying Corps in 1918. The album also features a wide variety of photographs and postcards including studio portraits and informal photographs of Pickering and No. 3 Squadron, numerous British, French and German aeroplanes, and aerial photographs relating to operations at Amiens and Hamel.

The souvenir album also includes material relating to the death and funeral of Captain Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron", and Pickering's own death and funeral. The former includes a souvenir swatch of fabric and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings, some of which feature Pickering who served as a pallbearer at Richthofen's funeral. Material relating to Pickering's death and funeral include official correspondence and commemorative items from Australian and British authorities including King George VI, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Pickering's military funeral procession and his temporary grave marker at the City of London Cemetery.