The Christ's College Cambridge dugout on Wytschaete Ridge, Flanders, June 1917

Accession Number ART13384.003
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 41.8 x 54.2; image: 40 x 52.4 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and black ink on paper
Maker Dunford, William Cecil
Date made 7 June 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Soldiers resting, eating and drinking at the YMCA dugout known as the Christ's College Cambridge dugout. It was sited in a dangerous position on Wytschaete Ridge on the Western Front in Flanders, in June 1917. The label on the verso reads: 'YMCA dugout on Wytschaete Ridge. This is the first Y.M. on the famous Ridge, and was the one visited by King George just after the taking of the Ridge. Always in a dangerous position, it was finally destroyed by a direct hit from a large shell. The Y.M. were then directed to seek a safer position and a new dug-out was made lower on the B. side of the slope. The new one has been occupied in turn by Australians as well as British.'