Remains of a Theodolite: Hill 70, Lieutenant H Russel and Sapper J Carden, 3 Australian Tunnelling Company, AIF

Place Europe: France, Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais
Accession Number RELAWM00688
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Metal, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1917: Tunnellers at Hill 60
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c.1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

The broken remains of a Theodolite and tripod, shattered into five pieces of metal and wooden components.

History / Summary

Used by Lieutenant Hugh Russel and Sapper Joe Carden of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company. Russel and Carden were surveying positions for a new tunnel system at Hill 70 near Lens on 22nd January 1918. A German shell exploded nearby and killed Carden and seriously wounded Russel (who would die shortly afterwards). Their comrades preserved the remains of their theodolite and tripod in memory of the men.