'Anzac Coves' - Pierrot Troupe Direct from the firing line.

Accession Number P09114.034
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Sarony
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made April 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio group portrait of “The Anzac Coves Pierrot Troupe”. Direct from the firing line. The portrait has been signed by the members of the troupe which is part of the Australian Headquarters. This concert party was to perform from 29 April at King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, with proceeds to go to the Australian Repatriation Fund for Discharged Soldiers. Identified from left to right, back row: 3822 Private (Pte) John Cecil Jessop; unidentified; Private (Pte) Harry Ross (tenor) of Melbourne; unidentified; 7461 Pte Benjamin Joseph Davies (second tenor) of Sydney; and unidentified.
Second row: 6313 Pte Frank Harold Crossley (comedian and raconteur) of Melbourne; 4027 Driver Frank James Donovan (pianist) of Melbourne; 1992 Lance Corporal Harold Frederick Shaw (comedian) of Sydney; 9619 Pte Ralph Lyn Sawyer (female impersonator and dancer) of Sydney; 9129 Staff Sergeant Rannall Carlisle (manager); 6662 Pte Hector Arthur Roberts (comedienne) of Sydney; 1955 Pte Hugh Gannon (ragtime and light comedian) of Sydney; and 264 Sergeant Jack Leslie Davey (baritone) of Horsham, Victoria.
Front row: Pte Fred Reade (light comedian and dancer ) of Christchurch, New Zealand; 8728 Pte James Thomas Gibb (monologuist) of Sydney; and 2664 Pte Leslie Herbert Williams (bass) of Adelaide.
One of the “unidentified” is Driver W. J. Smith (mechanic).