Photograph - Tank, Private John Lord, France, World War I, 1916-1917 Image Reg. No: MM 120150

Black and white photographic print. It depicts a tank inscribed 'HMLS Campania', identified as a Mark I Male tank. It is likely to have been taken in late 1916.

The tank 'HMLS Campania' is mentioned in the diary of Sergt. Barwick, A.A. C. Coy 1st Battalion on 23 February 1917: '...went up & had a look at the Tank they had just fetched along, you would be surprised to see where these monsters can go, this one came down a steep slippery hill, crossed a muddy gulley & climbed the opposite side taking all the old trenches & holes in her track, the name of this Tank by a curious co-incidence was "H.M.L.S Campania". (Mitchell Library collection)

One of 95 black and white, and, sepia toned photographs taken in France during World War I, attached to a photograph album. Includes a few photographs of enemy prisoners and war cemetery at Warloy. Wrecked German ambulance. Some photographs of French people. Each photograph is approximately 45 x 68mm, with captions written underneath in ink. 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); some photographs, however, are 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 World War I. The album was one of many souvenirs brought back to Australia after World War I by Lord. Part of a larger collection of photograph albums, images, documents and World War I memorabilia donated by John Lord to Museum Victoria.
Monochrome photograph, mounted in a small, grey photograph album.
Description Of Content:
Image of a Male tank of the Tank Corps. A serviceman stands on the tank with his hands on his hips, looking downwards. Painted on tank 'HMLS CAMPANIA'. HMLS stands for 'His Majesty's Land Ship'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 68 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian army, military memorabilia, militaria australian
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: weapons & munitions
Format: Photograph: Monochrome
Place & Date Depicted: Albert, France, 1916-1917
Photographer: Sergeant John Lord, 1916-1917

References: Reference to this tank elsewhere: diary of Archibald Barwick, 3 January 1917-26 March 1917, MLMSS 1493/Box 1/Item 8, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales


Stephen Pope Posted on 21 Oct 2012 2:56 AM
This photo shows an previously unidentified Mark 1 tank, which would have fought in the first action on 15 September 1916.
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Oct 2012 11:17 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Stephen, our Curator has asked that we thank you for your interesting comment; she has updated the record to include it.

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