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P04633.001

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P04633.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Date made c 1914

Description

Informal group portrait of nine members of the 10th Battalion, all of whom enlisted in 1914, and embarked from Adelaide, SA, on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius and served at Gallipoli. All of these men, except Private (Pte) Guy Fisher and Pte Eric Meldrum were students at St Peters Anglican College in Adelaide, and five of them died during the First World War. Identified, left to right, back row: Sergeant (later Lieutenant) John Rutherford Gordon, invalided to Australia with slight enteric fever, after which he joined the Australian Flying Corps and served as a rear gunner/observer with the 62 Squadron. He was awarded a Military Cross for his courage and returned to Australia (RTA) 6 May 1919; 40 Pte Francis Herbert 'Bertie' Stokes, killed in action on 27 April 1915 at Gallipoli after saving many lives on the day of the landing by rescuing those who fell into the water on the beach and carrying them to the relative safety of the cliff face; 33 Pte Guy Fisher, discharged on 2 January 1916; 41 Pte Eric Douglas Meldrum, returned to Australia on 21 December 1917; 638 Lance Corporal (LCpl) Philip de Quetterville Robin, killed in action at Gallipoli, on 28 April 1915. Front row: 47 Pte Thomas Anderson Whyte, died of wounds at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915; 31 Pte (later Lieutenant) Arthur Seaforth Blackburn, awarded the Victoria Cross on 9 September 1916 for his actions on the night of 23 July 1916; 38 Pte (later Lieutenant) Wilfrid Oswald Jose, transferred to the 50th Battalion, and was killed in action at Noreuil, France on 3 April 1917; 286 Pte Malcolm St Aiden Teesdale Smith, killed in action on 27 April 1915 at Gallipoli, while rescuing fellow soldiers who were wounded.