Outdoor portrait of two Australian Prisoners of War (POW) at German POW Camp. Identified on left, ...

Accession Number P03236.048
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made July 1916 - June 1918
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 two Australian Prisoners of War (POW) at German POW Camp. Identified on left, 4854 Private (Pte) Robert Montgomery, 55th Battalion, from Auburn, NSW and on right, 3430 Pte Charles Adam Seach, 53rd Battalion, from Paddington, NSW. Pte Montgomery enlisted on 23 September 1915 and embarked for overseas on 8 March 1916 aboard HMAT Star of England. He was captured at Fleurbaix, France on 20 July 1916. He wrote from POW camp Schneidemuhl in January 1918 "My back is still troubling me. Personally I believe I am suffering from lumbago. The winter here this year does not appear to be so severe as the last, but still quite cold enough for the Australians. We held successful concerts for both Christmas and the New Year and I believe they will be continued throughout the winter. They will relieve the general monotony of camp life." Pte Montgomery was repatriated to England on 1 December 1918 and arrived back in Australia on 4 March 1919. Pte Seach enlisted on 3 August 1915 and embarked for overseas on 2 November 1915 aboard HMAT Euripides. He was also captured at Fleurbaix on 20 July 1916 and remained a POW until he was transferred to Holland in June 1918 and then repatriated to England in November 1918. He arrived back in Australia on 20 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 69.

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