Photographing the Fallen: A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915 1919

February 3, 2019 - Comment

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 travelled to numerous parts of Northern France and Flanders most notably the Ypres Salient to photograph and record graves of fallen

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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 travelled 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 provide the most widespread and enduring reminder of the scale of loss and sacrifice of the Great War.

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Anonymous says:

Great book, fantastic photos, very poignant. What an excellent book, very moving, and poignant for the 1918-2018 centenary of the Great War, it shows what these men went through to find the graves of the fallen, the photos show some of the best known CWGC cemeteries when they were first established. Absolutely essential reading for anyone who’s interested in World War 1.

Anonymous says:

I was told that it was very good. So many books still coming to the fore … This book was a present. I was told that it was very good. So many books still coming to the fore after 100 years.

Anonymous says:

now we get to know more With the 100 years, we get to know more of the unusual, different , less common aspects of this 1914-18 conflict, which is now as it should be, ditto on all the reviewers comments , I have studied this subject for 35 years and I am learning more now than in those early years when I started. We need more books like this.

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