Unidentified soldier of the First AIF

ID Number: P06003.001

Place made: Unknown


The photograph was probably taken in Australia, pre-embarkation, sometime between 1915 and 1918.


Featured in the Memorial's 2008 exhibition Icon and Archive, the identity of this striking-looking man is not known and the Memorial had a lot of responses from people with possible identifications, none of which have been him.


Rights Info: No known copyright restrictions.


This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection www.awm.gov.au


Persistent URL: cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P06003.001



  • asixtoromero 2y

    Que mirada... destino?
  • Fiore Meiyo 2y

    I love the picture, I just don't like the notes on top of the picture :) His eyes look focused, ready yet at the same time they have a sense of sadness in them, fright even. That and his hat is awesome.
  • Fogguy *birdie 2y

    Eric Bogle's Waltzing Matilda does honers to these men and boys who gave their all.....RIP and God Bless them.
  • Harry S. 2y

    Its always the young who fight the wars. Maybe if the politicians of world would fight the wars they stared there be no war...
  • Mandar Shidhore 2y

  • asixtoromero 2y

    Una mirada conmovedora!
  • Hamad almoraisi 2y

    مازال لدي امل الحلقة 22 www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOWAKI7Z4vE
  • Photo Patty PRO 2y

    What an outstanding old portrait. Love it!
  • {coccinelle} 2y

    This is a gorgeous photograph- wow!
  • worldsfair39 1y

    Piercing eyes! This photo is a remarkable capture for it's time!
  • Yus Bash 1y

    nice warrior
  • Sebastian PRO 1y

    Such a great portrait, I guess the photographer was a good one.
    I wonder how they lit the scene at that time?
    It looks like there are two reflections in his eyes, so they used 2 light sources?
    Also the lower part of this photograph is quite dark.
  • Laura Adams Photographic Art PRO 1y

    So true!!!
  • Ingrid Matthies PRO 1y

    Was für ein schöner Mann !
  • Rossano aka Bud Care 1y

    Sort of the young Mel Gibson in GALLIPOLI. (Though personally I'm not a fan of the old MG).
  • raging senior 1y

    What a handsome young man. I'm in love. Hope he survived the war and returned to his family and loved ones.
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  • tonyd1947 PRO 4mo

    I favourited this lovely photograph several weeks ago and I didn't have time to make a comment on it until now.

    The sacrifices made by gallant soldiers from all corners of the globe is a testament to all of the men who fought and died for our freedom. I only wish this gentleman was known by name. It saddens me to think that the picture is on flickr and his family don't know about it. On the other hand it's pleasing to know that the flickr community see his photograph and remember him.

    We visit the areas of France and Belgium most years to pay our respects to all of the men who lost their lives. This man, through this lovely image will not be forgotten. Always.

    At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. RIP
  • PK 4mo

    I find this really sad, here is a young man that is preparing to fight for his country and no one knows anything about him. The worst part is if he died alone and he didn't have any family or friends to continue the memory of him. I know this is not the only man that is lost to the past nor are any of the other soldiers less important.

    But the photographer has done a lot more than just take a picture here. There is something about this man that the photographer has managed to capture within the picture, the soldiers sadness, strength, compassion and loyalty.

    This sensational photographer has managed to look deep into the soul of this proud Aussie soldier, its a wonderful photograph that actually helps to tell us more about the man in it.

    .There must be someone out there thats been handed down through the generations photos and information about this man There is a lot more to this man than just a photograph, I hope we can find out more.
  • spelio PRO 3mo

    "The Australian Spirit" Gallipoli 90th Anniversary medallion and sands of Gallipoli.
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Taken sometime in 1916
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