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Thélus from the Church, 28 June 1919

David B. Milne
Canadian, 1882 - 1953
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
35.5 x 50.6 cm
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 8464)

"The earth had been torn up and torn up and torn up again and from it at every step rifles and bayonets and twisted iron posts and wire projected. Shell hole merged with or overlapped shell hole, and everywhere was a littler of shell fragments, cartridges, shell cases and dud shells big and little, web equipment, helmets, German, British, and even in some places French, water bottles of three nations, boots and uniforms, the boots often with socks and feet in them. Some shell holes even on top of the ridge had water in them and, over all, the sweet sickish, but not offensive, smell of death." Unpublished autobiography, 1947

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