|Unit||3rd Australian Tunnelling Company|
|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
Unknown Australian Official Photographer
|Place made||France: Nord Pas de Calais, Nord, Loos|
|Date made||31 January 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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A view of the Mine Rescue Station of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company at Hulluch Tunnels, ...
A view of the Mine Rescue Station of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company at Hulluch Tunnels, near Loos. Seen here is 1057 Sapper E. Kelly on duty, wearing the proto-apparatus and carrying a canary (or white mice) used for testing air conditions underground. Owing to the poisonous gas (carbon monoxide) formed by explosions, much of the mine fighting had to be done by men wearing this kind of protective apparatus. The 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company had several such mine rescue stations in their forward subways and also in the Infantry subways for rescue purposes or mine fighting when necessary.