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ID number P10550.133
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original postcard negative
Maker Thuillier, Louis (Photographer)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Vignacourt
Date made c November 1916
Copyright holder Australian Capital Equity Pty Ltd


Group portrait of four members of the 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. The two soldiers in the front row hold bottles of French wine. Identified in this photograph are 3750 Corporal (Cpl) Robert Chaffey Stuart (third from left) and 3489 Private (Pte) John Charles Bitton (fourth from left). Stuart, a labourer from Naracoorte SA, embarked with the 12th Battalion in December 1915, was transferred to the 52nd Battalion in March 1916, and then to the 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery in July of the same year. In January 1919 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Bitton, a labourer from Maylands WA, embarked with the 28th Battalion in January 1916, was transferred to the 51st Battalion in March of the same year and then to the 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery in July. In March 1919 he was Mentioned in Despatches for his service. Both men returned to Australia in May 1919. The soldiers in this photograph each posed for their own individual portraits. In these portraits they are each wearing the same helmet, suggesting it was a prop owned by the photographers. See P10550.653, P10550.236, P10550.690, P10550.596 and P10550.422.

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