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Two older men in the middle of the photograph are facing the camera. They are both wearing ‘mountie-style’ hats and sport bushy moustaches. The man sitting on the end of a log is smoking a cigarette. He is wearing a Canadian pattern of Service Dress jacket. His companion is resting one leg upon the end of a log and is resting an axe on the ground. He is wearing dungarees and a shirt. They are both leaning on a large pile of logs. The edge of the forest is visible in the background.

Both men probably belong to the Canadian Forestry Corps.

The amount of wood consumed in the war effort is impossible to estimate but the effect on the landscape was marked. It was many years before the natural and mature forests began to regain their former glory.

Original reads: ‘BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. Canadian Forestry – Two typical Canadians. The Sergeant on the right has three sons serving in France; ONA a Capt. and two Lieutenants [sic].’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74546858

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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