The death of Major Black

Unit Australian Imperial Force
Accession Number ART03558
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 129.7 x 236.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas (linen)
Maker Wheeler, Charles
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1923
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Major Percy Black had established a reputation for great courage. On 11 April 1917 at Bullecourt, Black led his men through gaps in the dense entanglements under heavy fire, capturing the first trenches and pressing on towards the next line. While getting them through another breach in the wire, Black was shot in the head and killed.