Sunrise on the Somme 1918

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme
Accession Number ART90235
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 18.4 x 23.3 cm
Object type Cartoon
Physical description pen and ink over pencil on paper
Maker Cross, Thomas
Date made c.1918 - 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a german soldier retreating in the direction of Berlin as the A.I.F appears on the horizon with the Rising Sun emblem behind.

Pte Thomas Cross enlisted in November 1915 in Brisbane joining the 41st Battalion. He later transferred to the 42nd Battalion. Tom listed his profession as photographer and illustrated his experiences on the Western front with drawings and cartoons. Some of his cartoons were reproduced as postcards and are also held in the collection. During the 1920s Tom designed the Linville War Memorial. As a result of his service he suffered from Trench Feet for the rest of his life and died in 1940 in Repatriation Home in Brisbane.

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