Red Cross barges
ID numberART02898
Collection typeArt
TitleRed Cross barges
Measurementoverall: 30.4 x 40.4 cm
Object typePainting
MakerLeist, Fred
Place madeFrance
Date made1917
Physical descriptionoil on artist board
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts hospital barges on a canal, which were manned by British Army Medical Corps orderlies and Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service nurses (QAIMNS, QAs). The converted barges, which were painted grey and draped with Red Cross flags, were used for conveying sick and wounded soldiers from the Western Front. Fred Leist was appointed an official war artist in September 1917, attached to the 5th Division AIF and worked twice in France between September to December 1917 and from June to August 1918.