Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Accession Number ART02282.004
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 78.2 x 52.2 cm; image: 54 x 40.8 cm
Object type Print
Physical description lithograph on paper
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was the first Australian official war artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was formally appointed as an official war artist, attached to the AIF, in May 1917, working in France and London throughout the war. His commission was terminated in March 1920. Ligny-Thilloy; dugout; 1st Australian Division, 3rd Brigade; two soldiers, in full kit and greatcoats, inspecting a dugout in recently captured German trenches at Ligny-Thilloy, February 1917