ID number P01285.003
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white

Description

C. 1903. A cropped portion of a studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Leslie C. Maygar VC DSO. Lt Maygar was the first Victorian to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He won his VC at Geelhoutboom in South Africa on 1901-11-23 serving with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1917-10 whilst commanding the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Lt Colonel Maygar was killed in action during the battle of Beersheba on 1917-10-31. This portrait was taken after 1903 and before 1914 as Lt Maygar is wearing the 1903 Commonwealth pattern full dress uniform. The 'rampant' horse badge of the 8th Light Horse Regiment (a militia badge pre 1903), the colour patch of the 8th Light Horse Regiment first AIF (on the left sleeve) and the ribbon of the DSO have been added to the portrait by the artist. (The full portrait is held as P1285/01 (colour) and P1285/02 (black and white), a near identical black and white image is held at H12606) (Original hand tinted framed portrait is held in the art frame store) (Donor H. Kerr)