Zero hour (8th August, 1918)

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number ART12504
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 66.8 cm x 62.6 cm x 40.8 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description bronze
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery
Maker Bowles, Leslie
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1935
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Three infantrymen, depicting the neat, tidy, steady-going, public school boy; the tall, rangy, country lad; and the hard, industrial, larrikin 'Ginger Mick' type. The central figure is carrying a Lewis Mark I machine gun (Ginger Mick is a character in C J Dennis's 'Sentimental Bloke' poems). Bronze cast 1936, Melbourne; plaster cast 1935, Melbourne.

It is interesting to compare this sculpture to a photograph (E02790) taken at Warfusee-Abancourt, France. Lieutenant Rupert Frederick Arding Downes MC is addressing his platoon, who stand in a row. This photograph is most likely a reference for Bowles in creating the sculpture. This comparison is particularly clear when considering the dates of both objects, as well as comparing the stance, uniform, weapons and implements of the first four soldiers in the photograph.