ID numberE00941
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Film original negative nitrate other
MakerUnknown Australian Official Photographer
Place madeBelgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres, Zonnebeke
Date made10 October 1917
DescriptionStretcher bearers and dressers of the 9th Field Ambulance, asleep on the railway embankment in front of Thames House, beyond Zonnebeke Railway Station. The men are utterly exhausted, and have fallen asleep in the mud at their relay post, in total disregard of the cold, and drizzling rain which had just commenced to fall, and the harassing shellfire of the enemy upon the Broodseinde Ridge area where they were on battle duty. They had worked sixty hours without rest. Identified, left to right: the soldier extreme left is unidentified; Private (Pte) S J Watson; Pte Jim Campbell of 'Pendeen', O'Brien Street, Bondi, NSW (face obscured behind Watson); Pte R 'Bob' Mowbray (right foreground, looking to the right); Pte R (Roy or Ray) Jamieson of 'Lumeah', Railway Street, Petersham, Vic (beside Mowbray, on his left); Pte Robert Barker of 'Mimosa', Abbotsford Road, Homebush, NSW (beside Jamieson, half face visible, looking to his right); Pte J O'C Arkins of 'Moama', Murray River, NSW (to Barker's left, half face visible, looking straight at camera); Pte Alfred W Moss of 'Kilmuir', Hampstead Road, Petersham, Vic (beside Arkins, face visible); unidentified.