Delville Wood

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Delville Wood
Accession Number ART03605.035.001
Collection type Art
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; sheet: 21.3 x 26.4 cm; image: 21.3 x 52.8 cm [double-leaf]
Object type Drawing
Physical description pencil on paper
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made 6 March 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Right leaf of a double page sketch of Delville Wood, depicted here ravaged by the war. Situated in the Somme region, it is adjacent to the small village of Longueval and was the scene of intense fighting during the First World War, particularly during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Benson notes that the 12th Brigade came through the area on 6th March to the 12th Brigade Headquarters. The landscape was full of boots, bones and South Africans. He says, "The whole district makes one sick with misery. It's filthy."