Portrait of three Australian Prisoners of War (POW). Identified from left to right is 177 Lance ...

Accession Number P03236.181
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made April 1917 - November 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

Portrait of three Australian Prisoners of War (POW). Identified from left to right is 177 Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Francis Marrett Secker, 32nd Battalion, from Lucindale, SA; 6483 Private (Pte) William Phillip Bourne, 14th Battalion, from Richmond, Victoria; and 2004 Pte Ambrose James Coffey, 32nd Battalion, from Maitland, SA. L/Cpl Secker enlisted at the age of 25 on 29 June 1915 and embarked for overseas on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong. He was captured at Fleurbaix, France on 20 July 1916 and held as a POW until repatriated to England on 18 December 1918. L/Cpl Secker arrived back in Australia on 16 May 1919. Pte Bourne enlisted at the age of 29 on 19 June 1916 and embarked for overseas on 2 October 1916 aboard HMAT Nestor. He was captured at Riencourt, France on 11 April 1917 and held as a POW until repatriated to England on 18 December 1918. Pte Bourne arrived back in Australia on 22 May 1919. Pte Coffey enlisted at the age of 29 on 1 October 1915 and embarked for overseas on 7 February 1916 aboard HMAT Miltiades. He was wounded in the right arm and captured at Fleurbaix, France on 20 July 1916 and held as a POW until repatriated to England on 18 December 1918. Pte Coffey arrived back in Australia on 6 May 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 213.

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