Informal outdoor portrait of 3580 Private (Pte) Sydney Joseph Johnston, 31st Battalion, of ...

Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P08199.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file JPEG
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made c 3 June 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal outdoor portrait of 3580 Private (Pte) Sydney Joseph Johnston, 31st Battalion, of Bundaberg, Qld, standing on a path in a wooded area 'somewhere in France'. In a letter to his family he described the location as a 'green tunnel'. A station overseer prior to enlistment, Pte Johnston embarked with the 8th Reinforcements from Brisbane on HMAT Boorara on 16 August 1916. He was allocated a new service number, 3580A, and was promoted to Corporal (Cpl). He was killed in action on 29 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, aged 21. Cpl Johnston has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.