Outdoor portrait of Prisoners of War (POW) at German POW Camp Stuttgart, Germany. Included in ...

Accession Number P01981.022
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c March 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Outdoor portrait of Prisoners of War (POW) at German POW Camp Stuttgart, Germany. Included in photograph is 2786 Corporal (Cpl) Arthur Donald Bowen, 54th Battalion, from Sydney, NSW. Cpl Bowen enlisted at the age of 26 on 26 June 1915 and embarked for overseas on 30 September 1915 aboard HMAT Argyllshire. He was captured at Fleurbaix, France, on 18 July 1916 and held as a POW in Germany. Handwritten note on back of photograph reads “No 2786 Cpl A.D. Bowen, A Coy 54 Batt A.I.F. Prisoner of War, Squad 157, Depot II, Stuttgart, Wurttemberg. 7/3/17. To Miss Chomley, Please note change of address.” Whilst interned at Stuttgart, Cpl Bowen also wrote on 1 January 1918 "All the new arrivals of the Australians in this camp have received most of their parcels as we have had a big delivery of parcels that have been delayed on the way, on account of their being moved about so much. We all enjoyed our Christmas with our concerts etc., which the new arrivals enjoyed very much. Their first treat to a 'Sing-Song', since they have been captured." Cpl Bowen was repatriated to London via Holland in November 1918 and arrived back in Australia on 7 April 1919. One of a series of over 400 photographs sent by Australian POWs in German camps to Miss M. E. Chomley, Secretary, Prisoners Department, Australian-British Red Cross Society, London. Original album housed in AWM Research Centre at RC00864, Album image number 83.