Remembrance Day

Knee Deep in Mud

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...

"In Flanders Fields," Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

Remembrance Day is observed annually on 11 November by Commonwealth and other European nations to honour soldiers who have died in service to their country. The same date is celebrated as Veterans Day in the United States, though this federal holiday pays tribute to all who have served in the U.S. military. Remembrance Day is marked in many Commonwealth nations by formal wreath-laying ceremonies and a two minute silence at 11 a.m., in memory of the armistice of World War I at 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies often take place on Remembrance Sunday, the one closest to Remembrance Day, when communities gather to lay synthetic poppy wreaths at their war memorials. The red poppy, made famous by the poem "In Flanders Fields," has become a symbol of wartime bloodshed.

At Dynamichrome we are marking the lead up to Remembrance Day by sharing a series of six photographs we have digitally reconstructed in colour for the Imperial War Museum London. The first in the series is this informal portrait of Captain Charles Bean. He was an Australian Official War Correspondent, shown here knee-deep in mud in the Gird trench near Gueudecourt, France in the winter of 1916-1917. He survived the war and became instrumental in preserving the history of Australian war efforts in histories, the Australian War Records Section, and the Australian War Memorial.

Digital Colour Reconstruction by Dynamichrome with ISO Design for First World War Gallery "The Trench" at the Imperial War Museum London.

Color Reconstruction Jordan Lloyd
Words Emily L.W. Kern

Original Photograph by Captain Herbert F Baldwin
Format  Black & White Photograph
Date 1916
Location Guerdecourt, France
Source The Imperial War Museums, IWM E(AUS)572