C00975

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ID number C00975
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown (Photographer)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made 3 May 1918

Description

A German message dog captured by the 13th Battalion near Villers-Bretonneux on 3 May 1918. The two soldiers in and behind the dog cart are Corporal Green and Private Martin. The dog was sent as a 'trophy' to Southampton en route to Australia. He was originally called 'Roff', but the Australians changed his name to 'Digger'. Roff's stuffed and mounted skin is in the Australian War Memorial's collection.