Signallers

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 1167
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1918
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • medium: Pencil
  • medium: ink
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 318 mm, Width 510 mm
  • Frame: Depth 35 mm, Height 590 mm, Width 750 mm
  • Mount: Height 545 mm, Width 706 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: drawing
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Category
art

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Object description

image: a scene with six British signallers laying a wire in a trench. The two men in the centre appear to be shouting at one another, perhaps as a result of the noise of artillery fire, and the others look on, transfixed in their pose. A wounded man lies on the trench floor to the right, clutching his bloodied head. Barbed wire is visible over the parapet.

Label

On arrival in France in August 1916, Roberts journeyed through Rouen and Poperinghe to the supply column of the 51st Brigade RFA. Here, he attended a course on signalling before advancing to join the stationed batteries near Vimy Ridge. Roberts describes his experiences in 'Memories of the War to end War 1914-1918', p9: 'We new arrivals paid our first visit to the trenches in the company of some more experienced signallers on an inspection and repair tour of our telephone wires. As we struggled carrying our phone equipment through a narrow communication trench, we got held up by some wounded on stretchers being brought down from the front line.'

Label

On arrival in France in August 1916, Roberts journeyed through Rouen and Poperinghe to the supply column of the 51st Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Here, he took part in a course on signalling before advancing to join the stationed batteries near Vimy Ridge. In the painting, signallers are laying telephone wires in a trench, where the cramped spaces leads to an argument with stretcher- bearers bringing wounded down from the front line.

History note

Ministry of Information commission (Scheme 2)

Inscription

William Patrick Roberts August 1918

Inscription

The D2 Rail

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