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Cartoon for 'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek'



George W Lambert

Russia, Australia

1873 - 1930


The Nek was the scene of a disastrous attack at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915 in which the Light Horse Brigade suffered 372 casualties. While surveying the battlefield in 1919, Lambert's party was forced to bury the bodies of hundreds of Australian soldiers in a strip of land the size of three tennis courts. He later wrote to his wife Amy, the 'gruesome is … scattered all over
the battlefield'.


Other Title

Charge of the 10th Light Horse at the Nek, Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli



Media category


Materials used

pencil and white gouache? on paper


36.9 x 71.2 cm image; 37.9 x 71.4 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "GWLambert". Not dated.


Purchased 1930


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

George W Lambert

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery, Lambert Memorial Exhibition, Sydney, 1930. 92; titled 'Cartoon, Tenth Light Horse at the Nek, Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli'.

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 6.

Anne Gray and Hendrik Kolenberg, George Lambert, 1873-1930: drawings, Sydney, 1993, 49, 52, 53 (illus.). 56

Andrew Yip, Look, ‘’A wonderful setting for the tragedy’: an artist captures an Anzac horror’, pg. 10-11, Sydney, Mar 2013, 10-11 (illus.).