A postcard-format gelatin silver photograph of an Anzac Day commemoration in England in 1917. A sombre group of Australian walking wounded features prominently. 1917 Anzac Day.
A postcard-format gelatin silver photograph of an Anzac Day commemoration in England in 1917. A sombre group of Australian walking wounded features prominently

A postcard-format gelatin silver photograph of an Anzac Day commemoration in England in 1917. A sombre group of Australian walking wounded features prominently

The image is captioned in the negative 'Anzac Day 25-4-17'. Apart from trifling surface loss to a tiny section in the blank foreground, the item is in very good condition. The verso contains a short letter from an Australian serviceman (surname Baker) convalescing in Exeter ('23.5.17. 5 V.A. Hospital Exeter Engl.'). This Voluntary Aid hospital was 'the College Hostel, at Bradninch House' (Derek Tait: 'Exeter in the Great War'). The message was apparently addressed to a fellow soldier still on active service in France. 'Dear Joe, Just a card to let you know I arrived in Blighty. Wound giving a little trouble but will soon be able to get up. Remember me to Mr Kelly & all the boys. Do not know who was hit....' He signs off with 'Tell the lads to keep their head down'.

Item #115281

Price: $250.00