Category: australian army

British, French, American and Australian sol…

British, French, American and Australian soldier with a German prisoner reading President Wilson’s message to the Kaiser at Corbie, 24 October 1918.

Troops of the 1st Australian Division cheeri…

Troops of the 1st Australian Division cheering King George V near Contay, 10th August 1916.

Six studies of British and Commonwealth sold…

Six studies of British and Commonwealth soldiers in different kits by Jeane Berene-Bellecour. 
Clockwise from top left: a bare chested Australian wearing a slouch hat. A soldier in winter kit with a sheepskin gilet, a purple scarf, tin hat and carrying a stave. A raider wearing a canvas gilet and balaclava, smoking a pipe. A Scottish Highlander in full kit. A soldier in ordinary kit and smoking a pipe. A New Zealander wearing winter kit, including a belted sheepskin gilet.

Killed during the final battles on the Weste…

Killed during the final battles on the Western Front, the bodies of Australian troops, each with its simple wooden cross, are gathered for burial at a cemetery being constructed at Guillemont Farm, 3 October 1918.

Lieutentant-General Harry Chauvel, escorted by…

Lieutentant-General Harry Chauvel, escorted by a squadron of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, riding through Damascus, followed by units representing the three cavalry divisions oh his Desert Mounted Corps, including men from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and France. 2 October 1918.

Great Moustaches of the Australian Imperial Fo…

I’m back again with another bevvy of ‘stachioed servicemen. I’ve been noticing that there is a definite class distinction when it comes to the covering of the upper lip. Officers, especially of the senior variety, tend to have a much more… dignified moustache, almost delicate. They’re longer, carefully shaped and have twirled, curled or waxed tips. The other ranks on the other hand tended to glue a horse brush to their face and call it a day.

At any rate, let’s have a look at some more wonderful facial fungus.

Lieutenant Colonel F W G Annand, 2nd Pioneer Battalion.
Look at those perfect moustache. Look at those immaculate tips.He’d have to put corks on them before he goes to bed so he didn’t wake up with extra holes in his face. Stylish, but hazardous to personal safety, 8/10.

Lieutenant Colonel D. A. Luxton, 5th Battalion.
What is that? Honestly, I’m not even sure if that’s a moustache at all. It looks like he smeared a bit of bootblack under his nose, and given the smell of trench life I can’t say I’d blame him. It’s certainly not reaching over his top lip, but more importantly. Is it a moustache? 2/10 because we just don’t know.

Private Keet MacCallum MM, 56th Battalion.
There we go. That’s the hog bristle brush I’m talkin about. It’s straight, it’s clean and it’s simple. It’s a no nonsense piece of facial roughage. And I know it’s the quality of these old photos but that rough patch looks ridiculous against his baby clear complexion. Simple but a classic, 7.5/10, could use a trim though.

Private Reginald William Stanley Marsh, 22nd Battalion.
Is that a caterpillar? But seriously, that is lush. It’s thick like Haig’s skull and got curves like Mata Hari. Not a moustache you’d see on an officer but it gives Reg here a permanent smirk. A private needs that. 9/10 on Reg, 4/10 on anyone else.

That’s it for today’s collection of unclipped comrades. Stay tuned for part three next week.

German prisoners arriving at an Australian d…

German prisoners arriving at an Australian divisional POW camp in motor lorries. Near Acheux, July 1916.

Australian, French, British and American off…

Australian, French, British and American officers outside British Town Major’s office at Corbie, 25 May 1918.

William Morris (Billy) Hughes, Prime Minister …

William Morris (Billy) Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia, and Andrew Fisher, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, being introduced to I ANZAC Corps staff officers and taking part in a march past of Australian soldiers, c1916.

Issuing hot coffee to Australian troops near…

Issuing hot coffee to Australian troops near Becourt Wood, September 1916.