|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Date made||c 1914|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of 1144 Private (Pte) Clifford Gordon Cornwall, 16th Battalion. A labourer of ...
Studio portrait of 1144 Private (Pte) Clifford Gordon Cornwall, 16th Battalion. A labourer of Norwood, SA, he enlisted on 16 September 1914 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Ceramic with G Company, on 22 December 1914. He was killed in action on 2 May 1915, aged 26, at Anzac Cove, and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula. This photograph is from an Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau file. The Bureau, which commenced operation in October 1915, sought to identify, investigate and respond to enquiries made regarding the fate of Australian personnel. It investigated the majority of personnel posted as wounded and missing on official Army lists, as well as written enquiries from concerned relatives and friends. Approximately 32,000 individual case files were opened for Australian personnel who were reported as wounded or missing during the First World War. The Bureau employed searchers to operate both at the front and in Britain. They searched official lists of wounded and missing, interviewed comrades of missing soldiers in hospitals and wrote to men on active service. Altogether 400,000 responses were sent back to those who placed enquiries with the Bureau.