|Black & white - Print silver gelatin
|Australia: South Australia
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Portrait of Frank Samuel Crowhurst, a salesman of Stepney, SA. He enlisted in the AIF on 20 ...
Portrait of Frank Samuel Crowhurst, a salesman of Stepney, SA. He enlisted in the AIF on 20 August 1914 with the number 186 and sailed from Adelaide with F Company, 10th Battalion, aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914. He was killed in action on 25 April 1915, aged 27, and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli. 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.