Cecil Trevithick sketched the bombed Vlamertinghe Church near Ypres on this day 6 December 1917
This is one of 22 works by this artist held in the National Collection of War Art at Archives New Zealand. Trevithick was a member of the New Zealand Medical Corps on the Western Front when he completed this and other works. Using pencil and ink as his medium, his subjects included ruined buildings, dugouts, soldier billets, farmhouse interiors and Nissen huts which together create an evocative record of life near the front line. Vlamertinghe , a village in the Belgian province of West Flanders, is best known today for its military cemetery. It was started by French troops in 1914 and taken over by Commonwealth forces the following year. It contains about 1800 graves of WW1 and WW2 soldiers.
Shown here is Trevithick’s sketch of Vlamertinghe Church after it was almost destroyed by bombs during WW1.
Archives Reference: AAAC 898/29 NCWA Q482
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