Photographing the Fallen

A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915–1919

Jeremy Gordon-Smith

 
Date Published :
November 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
200 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473893658
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$50.00

Overview
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Ivan Bawtree has left behind a vast array of archives that tell the story of his work as a photographer with the Graves Registration Units on the Western Front from 1915 to 1919. He traveled to numerous parts of Northern France and Flanders most notably the Ypres Salient to photograph and record graves of fallen soldiers on behalf of grieving relatives. He was one of only three professional photographers assigned to this task, hired by the newly formed Graves Registration Commission in 1915.

Through his pencil and lens we gain detailed insight not just into the work he did and the men he worked with, but also aspects of the military zones, the perils of proximity to the Front Line, the devastation of war, and the birth and early work of the Imperial War Graves Commission.

Today, the war cemeteries that Ivan saw spring up across battle-scarred landscapes and provide the most widespread and enduring reminder of the scale of loss and sacrifice of the Great War.

About The Author
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Jeremy Gordon-Smith is a family historian and photographer with a keen interest in the world wars. He has a particular fascination with the Western Front and learning about the experiences of those who endured it. He works as a counsellor in private practice, enabling people to explore their own stories and overcome issues including grief, loss and trauma.

REVIEWS
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An excellent book and I think it's worth saying thank you to the author for sharing his family history with the rest of us.

- Robin Buckland, Military Model Scene

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