John MacDiarmid Royle, a former lieutenant in the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, holds one of ...

Accession Number P02333.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1934
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

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Description

John MacDiarmid Royle, a former lieutenant in the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, holds one of the three electrical switches that his unit used to detonate the massive explosive charge in a mine under Hill 60 which completely destroyed the German front line at the northern end of Messines Ridge on 1917-06-07. Royle had been responsible for closing one of the two auxiliary switches that detonated the explosives. He is presenting the switch, which he has had mounted on a wooden base with a commemorative brass plaque fixed to it, to the Imperial Service club in Sydney. (Donor J. MacD. Royle) (Compare image P02333.004) (Original print held in AWM Archive Store. Formerly 3DRL 5059)

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