Pack mules taking up ammunition in wicker carriers during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge. As the guns were moved forwards in the ‘bite and hold’ attacks of Third Ypres the light rail lines that brought ammunition forward had to be laid out over the cratered, broken newly won ground. While shell holes were filled in and tracks laid down horses and mules were put to work taking ammunition forward through the bogged and marshy battlefield.
IWM (HU 120653) “Captain Percy Beattie-Crozier. Unit: 4th Prince Albert Victor’s Rajputs, attached to 15th Ludhiana Sikhs, Indian Army. Death: 19 May 1915 Killed in action near Neuve Chapelle Western Front