Photograph - Main Dressing Sation, 'Pont d'Achelles', France, Album of Sergeant John Lord, World War I, 1916-1917 Image Reg. No: MM 120075

Summary:
Photograph which shows the main dressing station at Pont d'Achelles, a small town near Armentieres. Pont d'Achelles remained close to the battle line throughout the majority of World War I. The main dressing station was set up by the field ambulance and situated close to the battle line so as to receive casualties and perform urgent medical procedures. An Allied military cemetery was established at Pont d'Achelles in 1917 and it still remains in existence today.

It is one of 95 black and white, and, sepia toned photographs taken in France during World War I, attached to a photograph album. The album includes a few photographs of enemy prisoners, the war cemetery at Warloy, a wrecked German ambulance and images of the local French people.

Most photographs are of Albert and surrounds so it would seem probable that most were taken during and after the Battle of the Somme (1916). In addition there are also photographs dated 1917. The photographs were taken by Private John Edward Lord, 13th Field Ambulance, and brought back to Australia by him and compiled in an album at the end of the First World War.

The album is one of many souvenirs brought back to Australia after World War I by Lord, and is part of a larger collection of photograph albums, images, documents and World War I memorabilia donated by Lord to Museum Victoria.
Description:
Monochrome photograph, mounted in a small, grey photograph album.
Statement Of Significance:
This album appears to have been prepared to 'showcase' the war experiences of John Lord and the photographs associated with these. The album has been very carefully prepared and the quality of the photographs is generally good, in comparison to the album ST40491, also compiled by John Lord, which has a number of photographs which are of poor quality, many photographs removed and written in (mostly) illegible pencil. This suggests this album was most probably compiled after the war, with photographs probably gathered from other photograph albums of Lord?s.

The subjects of the photographs are of trenches (both German and Allies), horses, camps, farms, graves and cemeteries, civilians, soldiers, churches and other buildings. Many of the photographs were taken around the town of Albert and are dated 1916 and 1917. From this information we can tell that Lord was involved with the Battle of the Somme when these photographs were taken.

The Battle of the Somme was fought from north of the Somme river between the towns of Albert and Arras. The Battle began on the 1 July and was called off on the 18 November 1916. The Battle of the Somme is famous for the loss of 58,000 British troops (one third of them killed) on the first day of the battle, 1 July 1916, which to this day remains a one-day record.
Description Of Content:
Image appears to be an army camp. There is a wagon in the foreground, and five Nissen huts in a row are located in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 40 mm (Height), 60 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian army, military memorabilia, army camps, militaria australian, making history - war diaries and correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sergeant John Lord, AIF (1896-1951)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: army camps
Inscriptions: Handwritten in ink on matt directly beneath photograph: 'Pont d'Achelles'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome
Place & Date Depicted: Pont d'Achelles, France, 1916-1917
Photographer: Sergeant John Lord, Pont d'Achelles, France, 1916-1917

Image may have been taken by Lord or collected by him for use in this album.

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