Period: The war years

Brigadier George Langley Brigadier George Langley
painted in Eastbourne, England, 1945
oil on cotton canvas on plywood 46.6 x 40 cm
signed l.l., oil “STELLA BOWEN”, not dated
Australian War Memorial
acquired under official war art scheme, 1945
ART26273

George Langley (1891–1971) was a commissioner for the Red Cross in Britain, assisting in the recovery of prisoners of war of the Germans. In the First World War, Langley enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and fought at Gallipoli until the evacuation. He later served with the Imperial Camel Corps and the Australian Light Horse, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

After the war Langley returned to teaching until the outbreak of the Second World War, when he was made commanding officer of the 38th Battalion of the Australian Military Force. He served with the Australian Red Cross Field Force as commissioner in England and the Middle East from 1944 to 1946. After Langley’s death, his history of the Imperial Camel Corps, Sand, sweat and camels, was completed by his wife.