Outdoor portrait of three Prisoners of War (POW) at Ludwigsburg POW camp, Germany dated 22 ...

Accession Number P03236.034
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c September 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Outdoor portrait of three Prisoners of War (POW) at Ludwigsburg POW camp, Germany dated 22 September 1917. Identified from left to right, 3990 Private (Pte) Henry Herlstone Victor Hodson, 59th Battalion, from Camberwell, Victoria; 4828 Pte James Hugh Hammond, 55th Battalion, from Redfern NSW; and A. Robertson, a Canadian soldier. Pte Hodson enlisted at the age of 19 on 22 November 1915 and embarked for overseas on 23 November 1915 aboard HMAT Ceramic. He received gun shot wounds to both legs, the left shoulder and head and was captured at Fleurbaix, France on 19 July 1916. He was held as a POW in Germany until he was repatriated to Holland on 14 April 1918 and then onto England on 16 August 1918. Pte Hodson arrived back in Australia on 29 December 1918. Pte Hammond enlisted at the age of 21 on 28 August 1915 and embarked for overseas on 8 March 1916 aboard HMAT Star of England. He was wounded by a bullet through the hip and stomach and captured at Fleurbaix, France on 19 July 1916 and held as a POW in Germany. He was repatriated to Switzerland on 12 December 1917 and subsequently to England arriving on 2 December 1918. Pte Hammond arrived back in Australia on 23 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 48.

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