Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Harold William Treloar, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). A ...

Accession Number P04505.008
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker The Swiss Studios
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Harold William Treloar, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). A fitter and turner before his enlistment on 1 April 1915, he sailed with the AFC to Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) aboard RMS Morea on 20 April 1915. His unit, the Mesopotamian Half-Flight, was the first AFC unit to see active service and eventually became part of 30 Squadron Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Lt Treloar was captured and taken prisoner of war (POW) by Turkish soldiers near Baghdad and was released on 25 November 1918, one of four survivors of the 1100 kilometre death march into Turkey. He returned to Australia and was discharged on 25 December 1919. He was an older brother to Major John Linton Treloar, who was involved in setting up the Australian War Records Section in London in 1916. On John Linton Treloar's return to Australia, became the Australian War Memorial's first and longest serving Director.

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