Sars-Poteries [The Quartermaster's store]

Accession Number ART02562.006
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 17.8 x 25.5 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour and ink on paper
Maker Gould, Charles Henry
Date made 15 December 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts two soldiers dividing up rations for the 6th Battalion in the Quartermaster's store, which was situated in a few rooms of a deserted French chateau in Sars-Poteries. Pictured is a German machine gun which was captured by the battalion on 23 August 1918. Leaning up against the back wall is a large wicker shell carrier which is mentioned in the caption as being intended for the Australian War Memorial.

The French word "boche" is often used to refer to someone who is a rascal; stubborn, hard-headed. At the beginning of the First World War, it was identified as a disparaging term applied to German soldiers. During the course of the war, it was adopted by British and Australian troops in a similar to the term Hun.

Related information