Sculpted marble head of a woman from dugout in Bapaume : Major General J Gellibrand, AIF

Unit Australian Army
Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Bapaume
Accession Number RELAWM14990
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Marble
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1917: Spring Advance
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made pre 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Life size sculpted marble head of a grieving woman with centrally parted hair held in a loose chignon. The woman wears a wreath of pansies, symbolic of loved ones, memories or loving thoughts.

History / Summary

This marble head of a woman was left in a cellar or dugout in Bapaume, France, which was later used as brigade headquarters by Major General J Gellibrand. It is thought to have come from a cemetery monument which had been destroyed by the Germans. The dugout was blown up the day after the headquarters moved out, and an officer who knew that Gellibrand liked the head, retreived it and sent it to him as a gift.