P01872.002

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P01872.002
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Photographer Talma Studio
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne

Description

Melbourne, VIC, c. 1914. Formal studio portrait in military uniform of Lieutenant (Lt) Harold Alexander Letch. Originally a member of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Lt Letch won an MC for conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Gaza on 1917-04-19. He subsequently served with No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), and was killed in action in an air battle over Palestine on 1918-08-22 when his Bristol fighter was hit by an incendiary bullet. The RFC wings and the badges of rank as a lieutenant have been hand painted onto the original portrait. (Original print housed in AWM Archive Store) (Donor E. McArthur)