Royal Engineer diver, France, during World War I. A diver is standing on a ladder beside a jetty. He is wearing a heavy round diving helmet attached to a large rubber air pipe. In his left hand, he appears to be holding a crowbar. With his right hand, he is taking a saw from a soldier with the letters RE [Royal Engineers] on his shoulder. The Royal Engineers were responsible for the construction, repair and maintenance of the infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges, which were essential in moving troops and equipment.
Uniform details suggest photograph taken later than March 1916.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. R.E. diver about to descend to the bottom of a Canal in France to repair the foundation of a bridge. He is taking a saw and a hammer below with him.’
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