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From field dressing station to ambulance, Bullecourt

(circa 1918)


Napier Waller


19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972

  • Details

    Other Title
    To the Ambulance, Bullecourt
    (circa 1918)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pen, brush and brown ink, watercolour, gouache on paper
    48.0 x 31.9 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., brown ink "M.Napier Waller". Dated l.r., brown ink "... May 12 17.".

    Purchased 1918
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate

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  • About

    'After the Hun's shell has fulfilled its frightful destiny, and the army medical attendant attached to the unit has done all he possibly can for his wounded comrade, the patient is placed on a stretcher, if he is unable to walk, and conveyed to the Field Dressing Station. He is then again attended to, the stretcher is placed on wheels, and he is taken to the ambulance on his way to the Casualty Clearing Station'.

    Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918

    This drawing is essentially a self-portrait projecting Waller's own horrific experience when he suffered life-changing injuries on 12 May 1917 during the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt, which claimed over 7000 Australian's lives.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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