|Unit||1st Field Company, Australian Engineers|
|Object type||Black & white - Glass original postcard negative|
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Vignacourt|
|Date made||November-December 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Group portrait of five members of 1st Field Company Engineers with a French soldier (front row, ...
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.