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Photograph - 'Civilian Cemetery', Herissart, France, Sergeant John Lord, World War I, 1916 Image Reg. No: MM 120149

Summary:
Black and white photographic print which depicts the local civilian cemetery within the small French village of Herissart. Located north east of Amiens, many Allied soldiers were billeted with local families at Herissart over the course of the Battle of the Somme. Many other Allied forces passed through the village on their way to nearby battle sites. There are 13 listed burials of British soldiers in this particular cemetery. No Australian soldiers were buried at Herissart.

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, 12th 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:
The photograph depicts a cemetery. The photograph focuses on two large stone tombs with ornate crosses positioned on top. The tomb on the left also has an open book made out of stone perched on the end. Other tombs of various sizes and heights are visible in the background. Some of these are surrounded by low fences. The cemetery is rather overgrown with grass and vegetation.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 44 mm (Height), 66 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, 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: war graves & burials
Inscriptions: Hand written in ink on matt directly below the photograph: 'Cemetery Herrisart.'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome
Place & Date Depicted: Herissart, France, 1916
Photographer: Sergeant John Lord, Herissart, France, 1916

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

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