Informal portrait of members of the 38th Battalion AIF
returning from the trenches through Houplines, a village on the outskirts of Armentieres. Leading is 1228 Corporal (Cpl) John Charles Lewis, followed by 486 Lance Corporal (LCpl) William James Leslie Newell, Sergeant (Sgt) Harold Pankhurst and 1975 Private (Pte) George Alexander Loader. Sgt Pankhurst, a bank clerk from Tongala, Vic prior to enlistment, embarked with the rank of Private with the 19th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles on 28 July 1916. On 16 October 1917, and having attained the rank of Lance Sergeant, he died aged 21, of wounds received in action and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Pte Loader, a farm hand from Ballarat Vic prior to enlistment, embarked with the 2nd Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Orontes on 16 August 1916. On 28 August 1918 he was killed in action aged 29 and was buried in the Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, France. Cpl Lewis and LCpl Newell both returned to Australia at the completion of the war.