Repatriated prisoner of war is processed

Unit 2/5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number ART26272
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 100.5 cm x 115.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Bowen, Stella
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Two central soldier figures, possibly a portrait of Alexander Paton. The soldier facing away from the viewer represents the soldier at war, while the hatless soldier facing the viewer, with arms folded, is about to be repatriated. In the background the artist focuses on six pairs of hands engaged in activities representing each stage of the repatriated soldier's processing, including medical and dental checks, first aid kits etc.

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