Studio portrait of Australian ex-Prisoners of War (POW) 1568 Private (Pte) Patrick O'Connor, 14th ...

Accession Number P03236.020
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Studio portrait of Australian ex-Prisoners of War (POW) 1568 Private (Pte) Patrick O'Connor, 14th Battalion, from Monbulk, Victoria (on left) and 1995 Pte Philip Warburton Symonds, 48th Battalion, from Merghiny, South Australia (on right). Pte O'Connor enlisted on 21 December 1914 and embarked for overseas on 19 February 1915 aboard HMAT Runic. He was captured at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915 and interned in Turkey before being transferred to Austria in December 1917. He arrived in England in February 1918 with his right leg amputated. Pte O'Connor arrived back in Australia on 10 March 1919. Pte Symonds enlisted at the age of 23 on 1 March 1916 and embarked for overseas on 13 July 1916 aboard HMAT Seang Bee. He was wounded and captured at Bullecourt, France on 11 April 1917 and subsequently had his left leg amputated. He was held in German POW camps until he was repatriated to Holland on 2 January 1918. He arrived in England on 8 January 1918 and received further surgery. Pte Symonds arrived back in Australia on 29 January 1919. Photograph was taken in England. 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 32.

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