|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
Th. Backens Photograph
|Place made||Germany: Parchim|
|Date made||May 1917 - November 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Outdoor portrait of three Prisoners of War (POW) at POW camp Parchim, Mecklenburg, Germany. ...
Outdoor portrait of three Prisoners of War (POW) at POW camp Parchim, Mecklenburg, Germany. Identified sitting on left is 4525 Private (Pte) John Charles Fairfield Quiggin, 22nd Battalion, from Shepparton, Victoria; standing in centre is an unidentified English Regular soldier; and sitting on right is 2935 Pte Henry (Harry) Edward Joseph Molloy, 53rd Battalion, from Batemans Bay, NSW. Pte Quiggin enlisted at the age of 29 on 11 January 1916 and embarked for overseas on 29 March 1916 aboard RMS Orontes. He was captured at Bullecourt, France, on 3 May 1917 and held as a POW in Germany. Pte Quiggin was repatriated to England on 11 January 1919 and arrived back in Australia on 21 May 1919. Pte Molloy enlisted at the age of 23 on 20 April 1916 and embarked for overseas on 29 October 1916 aboard HMAT Ascanius. He was captured at Riencourt, France, on 1 May 1917 and held as a POW in Germany. Pte Molloy was repatriated to England on 11 January 1919 and arrived back in Australia on 16 May 1919. Handwritten note on back of photograph reads "23 June Pte J.C. Quiggin, 22nd Batn No4525, Parchim, Mecklenberg, Germany. Dear Chomley, I have to thank you for those books you picked for me. I have read them & enjoyed them very much. I have passed them on to some of the boys. I have marked myself with a Cross in the Photo the boy standing is an English Regular the other an Ausie [sic] Pal. Can you tell me if any Australians are being exchanged if so how long do you have to be here before you stand a chance. We hear that a number of English are being exchanged. Hoping that you are well, I am your Pte J.C. Quiggin." One of a series of over 400 photographs sent by Australian POWs in German camps to Miss M. E. Chomley, Secretary, Prisoners Department, Australian-British Red Cross Society, London. Original album housed in AWM Research Centre at RC00864, Album image number 222.