Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
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ID number E03864
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Makers
  • Unknown (Photographer);
  • Unknown Australian Official Photographer (Photographer);
Place made Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Passchendaele Area, Broodseinde
Date made 12 October 1917

Description

Dead and wounded Australians and Germans in the railway cutting on Broodseinde Ridge, in the Ypres sector, in Belgium, during the battle of Passchendaele, on October 12, 1917. (This is the original caption) The Australian soldier on the extreme right has been identified as 1190 Pte Austin Garnet Henderson, 38th Battalion.
Curatorial note: This is one of two original negatives taken of this scene held by the Australian War Memorial. Both were taken with different cameras; E03864 is a half plate glass negative and E04673 is a nitrate stereo negative (60mmx130mm format). We also hold an image of the right hand side of the stereo pair as E04673A. There are known to be at least two additional versions of this scene, one with Captain Hurley standing on the right and holding a stereo camera, the camera that most likely recorded E04673, and one with Lieutenant Wilkins standing in the same spot and holding the same stereo camera. From the visual evidence, the photographs of Hurley and Wilkins are likely to have been taken with a glass plate camera. Although Captain Frank Hurley has previously been identified as the photographer of E03864, this has now been changed to "unknown", as the evidence of which photographer took which of these images is unclear.
The original caption for E04673 identified these men as 3rd Division soldiers.