Group portrait of five members of 1st Field Company Engineers with a French soldier (front row, ...

Unit 1st Field Company, Australian Engineers
Accession Number P10550.219
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original postcard negative
Maker Thuillier, Louis
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Vignacourt
Date made November-December 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

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Description

Group portrait of five members of 1st Field Company Engineers with a French soldier (front row, centre). Identified in this photograph is 204 Sapper Patrick Finn Walshe. Originally from Tralee in Ireland, Walshe was working as a plumber in Paddington, New South Wales when he enlisted. He died of wounds on 5 March 1917, and is buried at the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. The Australian soldiers wear sheepskin vests, gloves and mittens to ward off the cold in what was one of the coldest winters in decades on the Somme.

From the Thuillier collection of glass plate negatives. Taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier in Vignacourt, France during the period 1916 to 1918.