One of 129 World War I photographs likely to have been taken by Driver Cyril Rose, AIF. Rose was made a driver in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company before moving to the 2nd Australian Divisional Mechanical Transport Company when in France. He sailed from Melbourne on 22 December 1916 on the Persic, arriving in England in March 1917. In June he was sent to France where his service consisted of driving in a supply column. He returned to Australia on the Persic on 13 July 1919.

A majority of the images included in the album appear to be from the time Rose spent in England, particularly Wiltshire, before he travelled to France. The album also includes images of servicemen, battle sites, buildings and Cologne, Germany.

Image depicts a monument of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1888-1941) was the son of Frederick III and Victoria, the daughter of Queen Victoria of Britain, and the last ruling German Kaiser. He reigned from 1888 until Novemeber 1918 when he abdicated. Although he allegedly harboured hopes of a restoration when Hitler rose to power in the 1930s, he did not regain his throne.

This monument can be seen on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. According to his war record Cyril Rose served in France and did not travel to Germany, it is therefore unlikely that he is the photographer.

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Image depicting a mounted figure, wearing a plumed helmet, on top of a stone pedament.

Physical Description

Black and white photographic print on paper.

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