Group portrait of 540 Sapper Arthur Findon Dunbar MM, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company (in ...

Accession Number P05328.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Date made July - August 1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of 540 Sapper Arthur Findon Dunbar MM, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company (in uniform with his arm resting on gate) and his family members gathered outside their house at 45 Chief Street, Brompton, SA. The gateway has been decorated overhead with a sign that reads 'Welcome Home' and an Australian flag. Among the children in the front rows, a little boy stands beside his tricycle and a brown and white dog sits in front of the fence. A blacksmith prior to enlistment on 29 September 1915, Sapper Dunbar was awarded the Military Medal (MM) in 1918. His citation stated "During the operations against the Hindenburg Line on the morning of 29th September, in the neighborhood of Bellicourt, he was engaged with a party searching for enemy mines. Sapper Dunbar removed several dangerous booby traps from dugouts and assisted in the capture of many prisoners. He also detected and removed a large number of road mines. The whole of the day he worked under heavy shell and machine gun fire, during which 50 of his party became casualties". Sapper Dunbar returned to Australia in June 1919 and was discharged on 25 August.

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