|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
|Maker||Darge Photographic Company (Photographer)|
|Date made||c March 1915|
Outdoor portrait of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Irving Russell Flett, 23rd Battalion. A salesman from Brighton, Vic prior to enlistment, 2nd Lt Flett embarked with A Company from Melbourne aboard HMAT Euripides on 10 May 1915. Later promoted to Lieutenant, he was one of the last soldiers to leave Gallipoli Peninsula after the evacuation. Lt Flett was killed in action on 28 July 1916 at Pozieres, France, aged 29, and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers' notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative.