WWI soldier’s name mystery

The Millicent RSL is looking to the public for help in identifying a “mystery” soldier from a photograph taken over 100 years ago.

Sub-branch president Chris Mathias said the photo depicted a uniformed Australian Imperial Force (AIF) soldier from the First World War.

“It was found by one of our Millicent RSL members, being discarded,” Mr Mathias said.

“We would like to put a name to the soldier and see if we can find any family members who may wish to have his photo.

“The photo was hand-coloured, and not accurately, but as far as we can discern from it, he was on the strength of the 50th Battalion.

“The 50th Battalion was raised in Egypt on February 26, 1916 as part of the ‘doubling’ of the AIF.

“Approximately half of its recruits were veterans from the 10th Battalion, and the other half, fresh reinforcements from Australia.

“Reflecting the composition of the 10th, the 50th was predominantly composed of men from South Australia.

“The battalion became part of the 13th Brigade of the 4th Australian Division and was dubbed ‘Hurcombe’s Hungry Half Hundred’, after its first commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Hurcombe.

“If anyone can identify this chap, please get in touch with us.”

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