Sleeping cat with soldier, 1915

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ID Number: DA12244
Maker: Darge Photographic Company
Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows

Portrait of 3710 Private Francis Edmund Bilton, 5th Battalion. Note the cat curled up asleep in the corner.

This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers' notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative.

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This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection

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  1. mrmarkmarten 46 months ago | reply

    Animals are not so daft,cats might look cute but really are very much their own boss.Maybe we should learn from the animals istead of messing things up for us and them!

  2. pollobarca2 46 months ago | reply

    Poor Bastard- I hope he survived- remember folks thse guys were being sent to France to be cannon fodder.

  3. VeraoAlemao 45 months ago | reply

    I guess the plot to enforce world-peace by smuggling too-cute-to-disturb cats into military workspaces failed due to the lack of kitens... well maybe we should try it again!

  4. red33a 45 months ago | reply

    Bilton Francis Edmund :
    SERN 3710 :
    POB Timaru New Zealand :
    enlisted Melbourne VIC : 12.7.1915, age 43y11m; occupation - farmer
    NOK Wife Bilton Marion C
    w.i.a. France 31.5.1916
    returned to duty;
    1917 debility; evacuated to England; then returned to Australia;
    10 Jan 1918, discharged Melbourne

  5. pollobarca2 45 months ago | reply

    Thanks for that info red33a, I am sincerely glad to know he got through and home.

  6. Fabio Leone 44 months ago | reply

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  7. vagabu (José Luis) 40 months ago | reply

    ¡ Wonderful image ! Excellent your work. Congratulations and a greeting.
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  8. CustomCrazee 40 months ago | reply

    Thank you!! Nice to know 'our boy' got home safe to the wifey and farm!!

  9. joeval945 39 months ago | reply

    He was 46 when discharged after being wounded. The war ended Nov 11, 1918
    Thanks for your service and to all the veterans for freedom!

  10. pik-slh 36 months ago | reply

    Seemed like , cat and solider are taking turns to guard the canvas.
    Classy pic though.

  11. 30 months ago | reply

    great quality black and white

  12. KarenATL62 26 months ago | reply

    This photo shows the perfection of a cat. A war going on around him and he's happily found his piece of sun to bask in.

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