Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright

ID number ART03605.023.002
Title Ruins of Bois-Grenier church
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George (Artist)
Date made c. 1916
Medium watercolour on paper
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 17.9 x 25.6 cm


Watercolour on artist's paper attached to scrapbook leaf, depicting the ruins of the Bois-Grenier church with a bomb damaged building to left. The foreground is a carpet of rubble, contrasted with the blue sky above. The village of Bois-Grenier remained in British hands, though close to the front line, from October 1914 to April 1918. Bois Grenier, part of the Armentieres region, in the north of the country, was one of the 'nursery' sectors to which fresh troops were usually sent to gain experience of conditions on the Western Front. 1, 2, 4 and 5 Australian Infantry Divisions all served in the area at various times between April and July 1916.