Damaged notice Board : Belgian/French border, Ploegsteert region

Accession Number REL/01173
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1917: 3rd Battle of Ypres
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made c 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Wooden sign found on the main road near Neuve in France. The following place names have been painted on the sign to indicate the direction in each case. PLOEGSTEERT, HYDE PARK CORNER, RED LODGE, LE ROMARIN, CANTEEN CORNER, NEUVE EGLISE. The sign is heavily damaged by shellfire.

History / Summary

Signs such as this were used by troops to record the locations of trench lines and nearby towns. The salvage of this sign was first recorded in the Australian War Records Section register on 3 May 1919; they record that it was 'found on main Road near Neuve Eglise'. Research indicates that this sign was likely recovered from le Don, approximately 3 km west of Ploegsteert and 400 m east of le Romarin.