In the Ypres Sector. An Infantry Duck-board Track being Shelled by the Germans

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  • Art.IWM ART 1170
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • medium: Pencil
  • Support: Height 370 mm, Width 299 mm
  • Frame: Depth 40 mm, Height 740 mm, Width 540 mm
  • Mount: Height 684 mm, Width 503 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: a group of British soldiers caught in an explosion as they make their way along a duckboard. The boards writhe from the force of the explosion throwing the men to the sides and onto the ground. The remains of two trees are on other side of the track.


Roberts served at Ypres from late 1916 to 1917. He became batman to Lieutenant Duthey but owing to a disastrous cooking experience he was soon relieved of his duties.

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