Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright

ID number P10550.261
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original postcard negative
Maker Thuillier, Louis (Photographer)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Vignacourt
Date made c January 1917
Copyright holder Australian Capital Equity Pty Ltd


Portrait of 2673 Driver James Stokes (left), 12th Field Company Engineers; and his brother 2253 Private (later Sergeant (Sgt)) Charles Albert Stokes DCM, 51st Battalion. Sgt Charles Albert Stokes was awarded the Digstinguished Conduct Medal in May 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While leading a section of bombers against some machine gun positions, all the section, except for himself, became casualties. He then, single-handedly, attacked one of the remaining machine guns and captured it. He took command of his platoon upon returning, his commanding officer having been wounded.

Both from Perth, WA, the two brothers met up in Vignacourt when their units were both stationed there in January 1917, and had this photograph taken. Both brothers returned home to Australia in 1919.

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