Pte Frederick Prentice and L/Cpl Walter Hugh Anderson

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Studio portrait of an indigenous soldier, probably Private Frederick Prentice, 12th Battalion, and later 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion. On the verso of the photograph is an original message "Just a little card to remember the good times at Paratoo." This postcard was sent to a friend, Gertrude Fitzgerald, who he knew at Paratoo, SA. Born in Powell's Creek, Northern, NT, on 18 January 1894, Pte Prentice was educated at Kyre College (later part of Scotch College), Adelaide, from 1905 to 1908. After his schooling he then returned to the Northern Territory to become a station hand. He enlisted on 7 May 1915 in Keswick, SA, and won a Military Medal for his actions on 19 July 1916 at Pozieres, France, where he showed great courage, resource and ability in bringing machine guns and ammunition through the enemy barrage in the dark and across broken ground.

Frederick Prentice returned to Australia as a Corporal on 12 May 1919.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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Studio portrait of 1903 Lance Corporal Walter Hugh Anderson, 4th Battalion, of Neutral Bay, NSW.

A farmer prior to enlisting in January 1915, Hugh Anderson embarked from Sydney with the 5th Reinforcements on board HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 13 April 1915. He arrived at Gallipoli in June 1915 and was wounded in action in August. He re-joined his unit later in the month and remained until the evacuation in December. Anderson arrived in France in March 1916 and was appointed Lance Corporal in May.

He was wounded in action in France in July and convalesced in England until October. Returning to his unit he reverted to the rank of Private, but was appointed Lance Corporal again in April 1917.

He was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, on 5 May 1917. L/Cpl Anderson was 27 years of age.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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