Rolls of Honour: Further Images of Rowing Club War Memorials

Pilckem, Ypres, 1917.

Following my Remembrance Sunday post on rowing club memorials from the 1914 – 1918 war, I received more pictures of oarsmen’s monuments to crewmates lost in the Great War – which I reproduce here. Although providing context is hardly necessary, they are interspersed with some iconic images of that conflict, a war in which photojournalism came of age. On the website “1914-1918 Online”, Hilary Roberts writes:

The First World War represents a watershed in the history of war photography. It was the first conflict to be photographed in detail by all the participants and the first in which photography was actively exploited and controlled in support of the war effort.

Bristol Ariel Rowing Club, Bristol, England.
Clifton Rowing Club, Bristol, England.
Kingston Rowing Club, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England. Picture: David Biddulph.
Leichhardt Rowing Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Picture: Louis Petrin.
Fighting occurred not only on the Western Front in France and Belgium, but in eastern and southeast Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
London Rowing Club, Putney, London, England.
Men of the mainly African American 369th Infantry Regiment who were awarded France’s Croix de Guerre medal for bravery.
North Shore Rowing Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Picture: Louis Petrin.
The Western Front.
Northwich Rowing Club, Northwich, Cheshire, England. Picture: Rachel Hooper.
Star Boating Club, Wellington, New Zealand.
A disfigured French soldier being fitted with a cosmetic mask.
Unusually, Grosvenor Rowing Club has a tribute to members who served in the South African War, 1899 – 1902 (‘The Second Boer War’). Picture: Brian Chapman.


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