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85/1286-1046 Photographic negative, studio portrait of Leonard Frank Bowles, World War One, Gunner, 1 Field Artillery Brigade (18th Reinforcements), glass / silver / gelatin, The Warren, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, March-April 1916. Click to enlarge.

LF Bowles, World War One Gunner

    This World War One photographic portrait is one of a set of 404 glass plate negatives. They were all taken in New South Wales and the sitters were photographed at a similar time and place in Sydney. Many of the men in these photographs appear to have served with the artillery brigades stationed at 'The Warren' in Marrickville, Sydney.

    The Australian artillery connection and the fact many have names of the sitters etched onto the glass plate means that collectively they are highly significant records of Australian involvement in the World War One.

    Geoff Barker, Curatorial, March 2013

    Summary

    Object No.

    85/1286-1046

    Object Statement

    Photographic negative, studio portrait of Leonard Frank Bowles, World War One, Gunner, 1 Field Artillery Brigade (18th Reinforcements), glass / silver / gelatin, The Warren, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, March-April 1916

    Physical Description

    Portrait of the head and torso of a World War One soldier. The soldeir is wearing a cap and a bandelier. Insignia on his right shoulder indicates service in the Field Artillery.

    Marks

    Handwritten caption, top centre, '412 LF Bowles'

    Dimensions

    Height

    163 mm

    Width

    120 mm

    Production

    Notes

    This glass plate was taken by a commercial photographic studio using a medium format camera. It is coated in a silver gelatin emulsion and has the name of the sitter attached to the negative.

    History

    Notes

    Leonard Frank Bowles served as a Gunner in the 1st Field Artillery Battalion (18th Reinforcements). He embarked Sydney on the HMAT Orsova on 29 June 1916. Having enlisted at Casula on 19 January 1916, Bowles moved to The Warren, Marrickville for training. His enlistment form states that he was a 24 year old farm hand from Patterson NSW who was born in Wiltshire England.

    On 29 June 1917 Bowles returned from France to hospital in England for treatment of rhuematism in his thigh, hip and arm. The injury to his hip left him unable to walk for several months. Due to the wasting of muscles, Bowles was discharged as medically unfit on 31 July 1918 after returning to Sydney.

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    LF Bowles, World War One Gunner 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 September 2020, <https://ma.as/459950>

    Wikipedia

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