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 depicting a group of servicemen under a billboard. Since the billboard is written in German it is likely that this image was taken in Germany, possibly Cologne, as other images in the album are from this city. According to his war record, though, Cyril Rose served in France and did not travel to Germany. Either he is not the photographer or the sign was from a German-occupied region.
The billboard is inscribed 'Unsere Hauptwaffe / gengen England / mussen / wir durch zeichnen der / Kreigsanleihe / verstarken / und vermehren'. This translates to: 'Our main weapon against England must be through war bonds / reinforce and multiply'.
Description of Content
Image depicting a group of servicemen posing in front of a large billboard, they are all facing the camera. There is a street running at a right angle to the building the men are standing in front of along which are other buildings and a figure, with their back to the camera, who is walking passed the group of servicemen.
Black and white photographic print on paper.
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mrs M. Hunt, 11/1987
Driver Cyril Rose - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1916-1919
Although it is possible that Rose was the photographer, it is unclear how he could have been present to take some of the images included in the album making it more likely that he collected the images.
Photograph, Black & White
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
107 mm (Width), 60 mm (Height)
Image Dimensions - Photograph album page
280 mm (Width), 222 mm (Height)