Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, December 17, 2018

Who Was Capt. W.H. Burrell?

Australian Soldier Writing Home
from the Western Front

While I was researching an article  on Pozières Ridge, I kept running into photographs by a W.H. Burrell, MM, of the 4th Australian Railway Company. I could not find out much about Burrell, however. He joined up as an enlisted man and earned the Military Medal, then apparently earned a commission. He survived until at least 1919 when he donated his album to one of the State Museums in Australia. One thing for sure, he had a great photographic eye. The combat images here are from the Western Front. 

The 4th R.R. Company & 17th Infantry Battalion Depart Australia

Searching for Casualties Under Flag of Truce

A Lucky Digger Grabs Some Sleep

Memorial Cross for 17th Battalion, Erected 1917

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