Biography

Birth date: 27 October 1882
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Brixton
Death date: 3 August 1918
Death place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Middlesex
Final rank: Sapper
Service number: 16136 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of Death: 3 August 1918
  • Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of embarkation: 11 November 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

Collection Items

Art

'Arry "The Ships Banjo King"

Caricature portrait of Pte Henry Saunders (6393), 18 Infantry Battalion, pictured here playing the banjo (his service number inscribed on the calf skin head). A speech bubble comes out of a smiling mouth with the words: "This is the life?". At his feet is a kangaroo with a rifle over its shoulder...

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"WALDE" [caricature of Lieutenant Walde Gerard Fisher]

Caricature portrait of Lieutenant Walde Gerard Fisher, 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion, pictured here with a white A frame tent numbered '606' and a soldier with the words 'LA LA LA LA' floating in the air above. Vasco was a British artist, who moved to Sydney, NSW, and drew postcards and...

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Ancre

Depicts a view of a bridge over the Ancre River with trees on the river banks without foliage.

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4th General London Hospital

Ragtime sketches of various types of men and women that the artist viewed whilst visiting Denmark Hill, all wearing hats.

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[Untitled figure studies]

Sketches of various types of men and women that the artist viewed whilst visiting London, all wearing hats.

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[Untitled figure studies]

Sketches of various soldiers in different poses.

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Me and you

Depicts illustrations of 10 profile portraits of men, inscribed with nick-names.

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Round Bonney

Depicts numerous quick sketches of soldiers and french civilians, portraits and figures.

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[Soldier]

Depicts a profile portrait of an unidentified officer, exaggerated head and small body.

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Ruskin Park

Sketches of various types of people that the artist viewed whilst visiting Ruskin Park. Ruskin Park was named after John Ruskin and was situated near Maudsley Hospital, where Louis Vasco was recuperating in June/July of 1918 after being injured by shrapnel in France. He later died of complications...

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By - ! I will fly!

This work is attributed to Louis Vasco. It was most probably drawn in France. It depicts a plucked bird with a man's head, which is chained to a wooden perch. He dismally faces the food and water bowls that are attached to his perch. The red 'A' on his shoulder/wing stands for 'ANZAC', and...

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Bill tries the cat

A depiction of a soldier from the shoulders up. His moustache is enlarged, and he frowns, appearing sad. A cat with a bandaged paw sits on and is tethered to the helmet the soldier is wearing. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted...

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[`Yes sister I think that it's a brain test not a blood test that he needs'] that he needs'

Various ragtime sketches of a soldier sleeping in a hospital bed, two nurses speaking to one another, and a uniformed soldier speaking to a nurse with a speech bubble, "yes Sister, I think it's a brain test not a blood test that he needs". Done as part of a series of sketches called 'Ragtime...

ART90498

[Soldier and dead horse]

Most likely a self-portrait of the artist. He has the rank of lieutenant. He is prodding a dead piebald horse with a riding crop. Crows gather ominously in the sky, and another crow sits atop a pile of rocks above the corpse. The horse is lying amidst the rocks, amongst which a sign reading 'TO...

ART90488

Home on the bit

A soldier is weighed down by mail bags and parcels from home, as he trudges forward. Two of the bags are labelled 'G.R.' with a British crown above them. The bags hang form his neck, waist, ankles and hands. The '17.FCE' label on two of the bags indicates that the soldier was from the 17th Field...

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Defending the spoil

This work is attributed to Louis Vasco. It may have been donated by Miss Renee Erdos. Three soldiers are depicted as cavemen holding makeshift weapons in the form of rocks tied to sticks. They are wearing loincloths, although the soldier on the left is wearing glasses, and two of the three have...

ART90452

Our night orderly

Various sketches of soldiers and nurses. Two sketches of the soldiers are full length, and one is labelled 'Our Night Orderly'. He smiles and stands casually, and a second sketch of his face in profile can also be seen in the upper right corner. Part of a series entitled 'Ragtime sketches round the...

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[Soldier on horse]

An emaciated horse is ridden by a soldier wearing glasses. The horse is weighed down by shovels, papers and extra bags. They are heading away from a signed that points 'TO PARKHOUSE', and towards a forked path, with one path signed posted 'TO FRANCE', and the other 'TO DURRINGTON'. The horse's...

ART90472

The fiery sergeant

A soldier, identified as a sergeant by his insignia, looks dejectedly at the sign 'DO NOT STRIKE LIGHTS'. He stands next to a fire cylinder, ladder and water bucket. He wears a slouch hat. The artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his name 'Vasco',...

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Far away from home.

A soldier stands slumped behind barbed wire. The title would suggest imprisonment, although it could be a metaphorical prison. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his name 'Vasco', 'Spr Vasco'.

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[Three men and a horse]

Depicts an officer, most likely a Colonel of the 17th Field Company Australian Engineers. Behind him is his piebald horse, who is mangy and half-starved. The benighted horse is having his tail docked by another soldier. In the foreground the Colonel is possibly receiving money for his piebald...

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[Tom undergoing repairs]

Various ragtime sketches of three soldiers in profile. The face of a fourth man is depicted inside a balloon, with the caption 'Tom undergoing repairs'. Selected features and heads are exaggerated in proportion. Part of a series entitled `Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital,...

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Ragtime sketches in the 47th General France: "Homeward bound."

Various Ragtime sketches. Two stretcher bearers carry a soldier on the left, while a self portrait of the artist can be seen on the right, Vasco sitting up in bed sketching. In the lower left corner a kanagroo carrying a rirfle can be seen. Front cover to the sketches `Ragtime sketches round the...

ART90504

[The guy with the "postules"]

Ragtime sketches of various male soldiers and civilians, most smoking. Drawn as part of a series called Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital, France. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his...

ART90495

[Soldier and horse]

A horse is tethered to various stumps. One front leg is tied to its halter, and its tail is weighed down by an anchor. The horse has a bandaged leg, and various patches across it's body. The soldier wears glasses and stands with his hands behind his back, looking at the horse. He bears the 'A'...

ART90471

Our O.C.

A soldier stands in profile, smoking a pipe, and looking over a fence/barrier. The insignia on his left arm is emphasised by rays emanating from it. His head is enlarged in comparison to the rest of his body. This drawing was most probably drawn in France.

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[Soldier falling off galloping horse]

Depicts a soldier of the AIF who is being thrown off a thoroughbred horse. It captures the moment before the man hits the ground. There are bushes in the foreground, and a wide country vista in the background. The 17th FC, which was the company the artist was in, was composed of men from other...

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[Soldier and horse]

A soldier wearing glasses rides an emaciated horse. The soldier is playing three trumpets. Two drums attached to the horse are played by drumsticks attached to each of the soldiers feet and two of the horse's legs. A gramaphone is playing whilst resting upon the horse's neck. They are moving past a...

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Verdun

A soldier stands in profile, his hand rests on the riding crop by his side. His head, most particularly his hat, are enlarged in comparison to the rest of his body. Attributed to Louis Vasco, however, signature is uncharacteristic. The artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as...

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Pearce smiles

Various ragtime sketches of nurses and soldiers in both uniform and pyjamas. Most are faceless, and the hips are exaggerated on the uniformed soldiers. Done as part of a series called the 'Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital, France.' This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the...

ART90496

[To France]

Depicts a Colonel from the 17th FC AE riding through a desolate and dry terrain. A biplane hovers in the upper left corner, and crows fly in the upper right corner. The officer is riding a piebald horse towards a sign which says 'TO FRANCE'; he is urging the horse forwards by dangling a carrot on a...

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The 17th makes a start

A soldier rides an emaciated horse whilst dangling a carrot in front of it. The horse has two bandaged legs and its tounge is hanging out. A dog runs in front, whilst another dog chases a chicken alongside the horse, and a third dog trots behind, tied to the horse's tail. The horse and rider move...

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The 17th carries on

Depicts the artist bound by a series of weights and pulleys, somewhat like a slave caught in an infernal machine. The artist (a lieutenant) is being driven forward by a Major, who is standing on a stool which acts as a counterweight to the enormous weight which hangs from the artist's nose. Upon...

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[Man with hat]

Profile of a man wearing a hat, from the neck up. It is possibly a soldier wearing a slouch hat. The artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his name 'Vasco', 'Spr Vasco'

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[Civilian]

A civilian man walks past a group of three boys, who call "How much?" and "Vot am I?". The man has stubble, wears a suit and smokes a ciggarette, while the boys are dressed in shorts and in one case, bare feet. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro...

ART90493

You're on guard!

A soldier is chained by his ankle to a building labelled '17TH OR'. Behind it is a stack of papers labelled 'CRIME SHEET'. The soldier is much larger than those other soldiers running across the landscape. His arm is excessively elongated and enlarged as it stretches across the image to point at...

ART90470

[Soldier]

A profile of a soldier who stands with his arms by his side and his knees slightly bent. His gaze is focused on something below his eyeline, and he has a large moustache. This drawing has been attributed to Louis Vasco.

ART90460

The 17th makes a start.

Depicts an engineer from the 17th FC AE seated on an emaciated horse, luring it forward using the ploy of a carrot on a stick. The hoof, saddle and rump of the horse are branded with '17th F.C'. The engineer is a recurring character in this series. Bespectacled and bearing a look of smooth...

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[Soldier]

A depiction of a running/marching soldier. This work is attributed to Louis Vasco. The artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his name 'Vasco', 'Spr Vasco'.

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[War crimes]

A soldier in uniform leans on a cane and smokes a pipe. On his left there is an oversized ink bottle and a stack of papers labelled 'KIT SHORTAGES', and on his right a similar stack labelled 'CRIMES'. The soldier is hunched over and wears glasses, giving an impression of someone elderly. The...

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[Man, horse and sea]

Depicts an engineer who is identified as a Colonel at other points in this series. He is in a singlet and shorts, which gives a strong indication of how hot the environment is, as in other drawings he is formally attired. His nose is reddened with sunburn. He is standing on an engineers' bridging...

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[Mr Meurin]

Various Ragtime sketches of civilians and soldiers. One man dominates the sketch, he stands wearing a cap and apron with his hands on his hips and a smile. Various others are walking, standing in groups and reading. Part of a series entitled `Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital,...

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[Soldier]

A soldier is depicted standing on a rise and looking in the opposite direction to a missile/bullet that is coming towards him. His head is small and his boots, which have spurs, are very large. He is smoking a cigarette. This drawing has been attributed to Vasco.

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"How will that do sister?"

Various Ragtime sketches of soldiers, one stands smoking a pipe and holding a frying pan with the words "How will that do Sister" inscribed beneath. Another soldier smokes, two sit and read, and one stands slightly slumped, holding what could be a bed sheet. Part of a series of sketches entitled...

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The trial

A soldier rides an emaciated horse, which is weighed down by a rock tied to its tail. The horse has two bandaged legs and appear to be moving at speed. They ride in the direction of a sign posted on the top of a pile of boulders that points 'TO FRANCE'. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco -...

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[Games]

A depiction of five soldiers, one sits in front of a makeshift gaming table. Another, wearing glasses, places a bet. The soldier running the gaming table and another standing close by are both wearing slouch hats and smoking. All five are in uniform, the soldier with the glasses bearing an 'A' arm...

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The Sorrento smile

Depicts an illustration of an Australian soldier sitting at a table with a woman, only her skirt and leg/shoe is visible. A bottle of wine and two wine glasses are on the table. An arrow points from the soldier's insignia on his arm to a pencilled version to the right. A kangaroo is hopping across...

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[Billie, Mac and Digger]

Various Ragtime sketches of soldiers, most smoking cigarettes or pipes. Done as part of a series of sketches entitled 'Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital, France.' This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco...

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[Soldier]

A soldier walking, he has spurs but no horse. He appears sad, and looks forward into the distance. A plane flies overhead, while the soldier is hunched over, not standing straight. The artist's given name was Vasco Loureiro but he enlisted as Louis Vasco and has signed his name 'Vasco', 'Spr...

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What she's getting

An injured soldier stands in pyjamas, yet still wears his helment. Both hands and feet are bandaged, while one arm is in a sling and one foot raised and supported. He uses a walking stick, and at his feet lie two human skulls. A giant boot prepares to kick the soldier from behind. This drawing is...

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[The daily mail]

Various sketches of male soldiers and civilians. Most have exaggerated features such as heads or moustaches. Four are smoking, and one is holding a newspaper. Done as part of a series called the 'Ragtime sketches round the 47th General Hospital, France.' This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco -...

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[Soldier and tired horse]

Depicts a Colonel of the 17th FC Australian Engineers with his colour patch visible on his right arm. He is dispassionately observing a starved piebald nag, whose eyes are closed. The head of the nag hangs heavily, and a small string hangs from her chin hairs connecting her to a peg in the ground...

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By - I will fly!

This work is attributed to Louis Vasco. It was most probably drawn in France. It depicts a plucked bird with a man's head, which is chained to a wooden perch. He dismally faces the food and water bowls that are attached to his perch. The red 'A' on his shoulder/wing stands for 'ANZAC', and...

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[Soldier]

A soldier stands facing forward, his arms by his side, his face turned in profile. His hips are enlarged and are out of proportion with the rest of his body. The 'A' patch on his arm refers to 'ANZAC' and indicates that he was present at Gallipoli. This drawing is attributed to Louis Vasco - the...

ART90474

Shun!

A parody of a Sergeant-Major; he is knock-kneed, and his moustache is improbably wide, so much so that it matches the diameter of his slouch hat. His open mouth, which is issuing the order 'Shun!' (attention) is coloured a grotesque cherry pink, as is his nose. The artist's given name was Vasco...

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[Soldier falling off horse]

Depicts an engineer being thrown from a thoroughbred horse. A mounted soldier is observing from a distance in the background. The man being thrown has an odd expression on his face, seemingly unconcerned as he tumbles towards the ground. This engineer is a recurring character in this series. ...

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Don

Depicts a profile portrait of an unidentified officer, exaggerated head in relation to the body.

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Back in "Dear Old London"

Depicts a self portrait caricature in hospital pyjamas and walking stick in the grounds of Maudsley Hospital. Vasco appears to also be wearing a red silk tie, which according to articles about him was part of his usual garb. The work has been drawn on Australian Red Cross writing paper that was...

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Heraldry

Metal watercolour paint box with note : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular black enamelled steel paint box with a large amount of rust on the front and back. The back plate of the paint box has a metal ring attached. Inside, the paint box has a rectangular palette made up of twelve small rectangular paint carriers. On the left hand side of this there is a...

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Metal watercolour paint box with brushes : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular black enamelled steel paint box with a large amount of rust on the front and back. The back plate of the paint box has a metal ring attached. Inside, the paint box has a rectangular metal plate that covers the paint palette which is made up of twelve small rectangular paint carriers....

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Cotton bag : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Cream cotton bag with rust stains. '16136 VASCOE. L. / 11th F.C. ENGRS / R/S' has been writing on the front in ink.

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Paints contained in tobacco tin : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular shaped tobacco tin with aqua background and the text 'PLAYERS MEDIUM NAVY CUT' on the hinged lid. The contents of the tobacco tin is nine lead paint tubes and two rectangular paint holders containing paint. The paints all have a black coating from age and their labels are illegible.

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Coloured pencils contained in shaving stick holder : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Silver cylindrical shaving stick holder with lid. Embossed on the outside is the text 'SHAVING ERASMIC STICK'. 15 coloured pencils the majority of which have the branding 'Te FANTASTIQUE' are held in the cylinder. The colours include red, white orange, brown and yellow. There is one graphite...

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Shaving mirror : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular chrome-plated steel shaving mirror with an oval whole at the top. The mirror has rust patches on both sides.

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Cylindrical steel vessel with artists brushes and pencils : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Cylindrical steel vessel with a bayonet attachment lid. The lid has been secured to the main vessel with a piece of twine. The base of the pencil case has the following embossed 'E J W III'. There are six black pencils; five of which read 'No 30 M C Marquise Pierre Noire No 2' . The sixth...

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Green box with artists materials : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers, AIF

Rectangular wooden hinged box covered in green paper with brass clasp that is broken lined with red material. Inside is two sets of red supports with three stays. This box has been used for storing eleven pencils, two brush and pencil holders, an eraser and a double ended brush. There is also a...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1882-10-27
Date of embarkation 1916-11-11
Date of death 1918-08-03