Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA09080
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows
Date made c May 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of 175 Private (Pte) Leslie William King, 13th Field Ambulance, of Newport, Vic, holding a snare drum. Pte King enlisted on 8 May 1915 and embarked aboard HMT Borda on 18 October 1915. He received the Military Medal (MM) on 4 February 1918 for bravery in the field. His Roll of Honour circular states: "Known as most persistent in duty, and the man who never 'ducked' at a shell. His medal was granted for going out (unaided) three times and bringing wounded in". He died on 25 April 1918 in Villers-Bretonneux, France, from a shrapnel wound to the head. Two of his cousins also served in the AIF, they were: 5094 Corporal Valdemar Petersen MM, 4th Division Engineers, who enlisted on 9 August 1915 and was wounded at Zonnebeke, Belgium; and 171A Pte Wallace Bruce Duncan, 2nd Field Ambulance, who enlisted on 7 May 1915 and was killed in action on 17 April 1918 at Hazebrouck, France.