ID number P05693.002
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Makers
  • Falk Studios (Photographer)
  • Imperial Studio (Photographer)
  • alpha lithograph (Photographer)
Places made
  • Australia: Victoria
  • Egypt: Cairo
Date made 1915-1916

Description

Studio portrait of 91 Private (Pte) Edward Randolph Cleaver, 4th Light Horse Regiment (4LHR). A butcher of Sale, Victoria, he enlisted on 19 August 1914 and was described by his sister as the first man in Sale to enlist. He embarked on HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914. Trooper Cleaver with the 4LHR saw service at Gallipoli; the unit left the peninsula on the 15th December 1915. They returned to Egypt and the unit was reduced to two squadrons. One squadron was sent to France and those who remained in Egypt were attached for some time to an Imperial Service Brigade, patrolling against Turkish spies on the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal. In April 1917 they moved out into the Sinai desert and continued to undertake security duties. On 31 October 1917, Cleaver died of wounds received in the charge of Beersheba. Cleaver was in the first squadron that charged; Major James Lawson who led the charge was riding alongside him when Cleaver was hit by machine gun fire. Cleaver was aged 31 years at the time of his death. This image was sent back to Victoria and recopied at the Falk Studios.