Photographs of WWI Diggers discovered in France

I read the following story with interest on the Gould Genealogy webpage –

More than 3000 photographs of Australian WWI Diggers and other allied troops have been discovered in the attic of a dilapidated farmhouse  in Vignacourt in the Somme region of France. Previously there had been quite a gap in photographic records of this time largely due to the fact that personal cameras weren’t allowed on the Western Front as they were in Gallipoli.

The collection has become known as the Thuillier Collection after the farmhouse owner and photographer Louis Thuillier who had seen an opportunity to make some money by offering to take portraits of soldiers. Many of these photographs have been identified as being of soldiers from the 1st and 5th Divisions, taken in November and December 1916. Many would be the last photographs taken of these soldiers before they were killed in action.

The Australian War Memorial has asked for help in identifying the soldiers in these photographs. If you think you may be able to identify any of these soldiers then visit the following links:

Do you know any of these WWI Diggers?



Filed under Military history, WWI

2 responses to “Photographs of WWI Diggers discovered in France

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