A very large photograph showing a bridge constructed by the 10th Field Company of Australian Engineers on the Western Front. Australian Engineers 10th Field Company.

A very large photograph showing a bridge constructed by the 10th Field Company of Australian Engineers on the Western Front

[Picardie, circa 1918].

A vintage sepia-toned gelatin silver photograph (visible image size approximately 370 × 555 mm), matted and behind glass in a later period-style gilt-wood frame (external dimensions 490 × 675 mm).

The photograph has a few small light stains and tiny spots of surface loss (confined mainly to the sky in the top right-hand corner); overall, an imposing image in excellent condition.

The original negative for this photograph is held by the Australian War Memorial (E01957: 'Glass original half plate negative ... Maker: Unknown Australian Official Photographer'). It is described as follows: 'A corduroy bridge built across the River Ancre by the 10th Field Company of Australian Engineers, during the end of March and the beginning of April 1918, when the Australian Corps held up the enemy before Amiens. Left to right: Lance Corporal (LCpl) Mathews; LCpl Darwin; Sapper (Spr) Walker; Spr Alexander; 461 Spr Alex Burnell; Spr H. Barwick; Lieutenant Strom; 10175 Sergeant (Sgt) George Edward Burnell; an unidentified signalman; Major McCormack; Sgt Regan'.

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