A German message dog captured by the 13th Battalion near Villers-Bretonneux on 3 May 1918. The ...

Unit 13th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Accession Number C00975
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made 3 May 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

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.