Bathing under shellfire

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number ART90795
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 20.2 x 25.2 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and black ink on card
Maker Silas, Ellis
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Soldiers swimming in the sea, while shells are bursting nearby. Warships in background at right; boxes of supplies of gunpowder right foreground. "This is certainly a most unique experience. I remember how delightful it was to be immersed in the sea, after not having had a decent wash for about three weeks. We would hear the enemy's gun fire, then "Shell O!!" Out we would all scamper like a crowd of naughty schoolboys, and take cover behind anything on the beach that afforded shelter.