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Writing home

Soldier writing a letter, Messines, Belgium, 1917. A young soldier reclines on the ground. He is writing on a small piece of paper, possibly a letter home. He is using a block of wood as a makeshift writing desk. Behind him we can see a wall of sandbags and chicken wire. His helmet is lying on the ground in front of him.


Scenes such as this were commonly used as propaganda, intended to boost morale amongst the troops and provide reassurance to those at home. The Battle of Messines Ridge was won by the British, and was commanded by General Plumer, who was later named Field Marshal Lord Plumer of Messines.


[Original reads: 'GREAT BATTLE OF MESSINES RIDGE. Writing home.']

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Taken circa 1918