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ID number P08858.006
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown (Photographer)
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 2-9 February 1918


Studio portrait of three brothers, on leave together for the last time in England. From left: Lieutenant (Lt) Claude Cyril John McCann MC, 27th Battalion; 1059 Private (Pte) Jack Stewart Sydney McCann, 43rd Battalion; Captain (Capt) William Francis John McCann MC, 10th Battalion. Pte McCann, a clerk from Port Adelaide, SA, had been promoted lance corporal by the time he was killed in action on 4 July 1918, during the Battle of Hamel. He was 22 years old. His bothers both survived the war, Capt William McCann as a Major, with DSO, MC and Bar. One of a collection of portraits, mostly of officers of the 27th Battalion, sent to 'Mum' (presumably Mrs Cotching) during and after the First World War at Cotching, Son & Co's 'The Farm' on Ealing Common near London, where servicemen stayed whilst on leave.