Photograph of a soldier sitting in front of shelter in a battlefield during World War I, 27 September 1917. The soldier is Private John 'Barney' Hines, A Company, 45th Battalion, service numbers 2296 and 3792, with his trophies (souvenirs) obtained on the morning of the advance of the 4th and 13th Brigades at Polygon Wood, in the Ypres Sector, during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Hines had been a sailor, was heavily tattooed and struggled with military discipline. He repeatedly fell foul of authorities, including being absent without leave, marking his pay book and being drunk. However, Hines saw considerable action on the Western Front and was wounded on several occasions. He became notorious for his trophy collection.

Description of Content

Soldier sitting in a battlefield, outside what may be a shelter, surrounded by war loot.

Physical Description

Monochrome photograph on paper mounted on grey card with two other photographs

More Information