After the battle - Waga Waga, Milne Bay

Place Oceania: New Guinea
Accession Number ART22083
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 45 x 36.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on composition board
Maker Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Port Moresby
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Dargie noted, "A soldier looks at a comrade's grave. Actually, this was one of three graves of prisoners who had been bayoneted by the Japanese. The graves were discovered by the patrol with which the artist was working. Around the graves of the murdered men their equipment was scattered and from one of the graves, which was very shallow, protruded a length of cord which had been used to bind the wrists of the dead men. With the knots still in it, this was taken back to Headquarters by Lieutenant Freeman, of Intelligence".