|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative|
The Swiss Studios
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Harold William Treloar, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). A ...
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.