Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DASEY1228
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Seymour
Date made c 12 August 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 2474 Private (Pte) Claude Nelson Martin, 22nd Battalion. A carpenter from West Melbourne, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Martin embarked with the 5th Reinforcements from Melbourne on RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915. Later wounded in action, he was evacuated to England. Following his recovery he rejoined his unit and, on 3 May 1917, aged 19, he was killed in action at Bullecourt. Having no known grave he 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.

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