ID number ART90362
Title [Ammunition wagon]
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Longstaff, Will
Place made France
Date made 1918
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement sheet: 27.2 x 37 cm (irreg.); image: 21 x 34.8 cm

Description

Pencil sketch depicting a General services articulated limber wagon which, among other things, was used to transport ammunition and equipment. The inscription relates to the formation of the colour patches which were displayed on the rear at these vehicles. The patches shown on the right relate to the 8th Division 24th Brigade which was a British unit. The letters B and G stand for Black and Green.
Will Longstaff was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1879. From 1900 to 1901, he served with the South African Light Horse in the Boer War. Following his return to Victoria, he taught art privately with Leslie Wilkie at Eltham. He enlisted with the Remounts in October 1915 and served in the Middle East and France before being invalided to England in October 1917. While serving in Egypt, he made pictorial records of the ANZAC Mounted Division and the Desert Column. He then served in England with the B Sub-Depot, Westham. In 1918, he was trained in camouflage work in London with Frank Crozier, J. S. MacDonald and James Scott, and he was subsequently appointed as an Official War Artist working as officer in charge of camouflage for the 2nd Division AIF in France.