Portrait of an Australian soldier returning from the field of glory at Helles-May 11th 1915

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Cape Helles Area
Accession Number ART00031.005
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 8.4 x 9.3 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink on paper
Maker Bean, C E W
Bean, Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W)
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 11 May 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


An Australian soldiers stands in a puddle in the rain holding branches and a pot. The text explains the soldier had just returned from Helles. In May 1915 the 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade was dispatched as reinforcements to Cape Helles, which is on the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsula and was held by British and French forces. They participated in the poorly planned second battle of Krithia and sustained heavy losses. This work was used in the 'ANZAC Book', which was published in 1916 from illustrations, poems, stories and other creative works from the soldiers on the Gallipoli peninsula. In November 1915 CEW Bean, an official war correspondent and eventually official war historian, called for contributions for what was initially to be an ANZAC New Year magazine. Bean edited the work on the island of Imbros and after the Greek publisher fell through, arranged to have the work published in London by Cassell and Company. The book is composed of satirical and sombre pieces about the conditions of life at Gallipoli. It also provides a general outline of the April 25 landing at ANZAC Cove and the military advances, offensives and defensives undertaken in the following months until the eventual evacuation of the Allied forces at the end of December 1915. The introduction was written by General Sir W Birdwood, who explains how he named ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula after the ANZAC forces. Bean contributed an editor's note in which he outlined the harsh conditions that the book was produced in, the significance it had taken on, and acknowledged the contributors.