|Place||Middle East: British Mandate of Palestine, Palestine|
|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative|
|Place made||British Mandate of Palestine: Tel Aviv|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Informal portrait of VX4796 Private (Pte) Eric Clifton Eldridge, Headquarters, 17th Brigade, ...
Informal portrait of VX4796 Private (Pte) Eric Clifton Eldridge, Headquarters, 17th Brigade, Australian Infantry, of Horsham, Vic (left); a shop girl (centre); and VX1113 Corporal (Cpl) Henry James Bailey Spencer (enlisted as Henry Bailey Spencer), 2/7th Battalion, of Alphington, Vic (right) inside a shop selling curios and childrens’ clothes in Tel Aviv. Pte Eldridge enlisted on 30 November 1939 and became a prisoner of war in June 1941 after being captured defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion. He died of diphtheria in Germany on 14 October 1941, aged 23 years, believed to be the first POW in a German camp to die. He is buried in the Cracow Ralowicki Cemetery, Poland, Section 6, Row E, Plot 4.