Will Dyson – GALLIPOLI – ANZAC DAY / “Funny thing Bill – I keep thinking I hear men marching!” 1927 important Victoria Cross winner signatures, also Monash.
after Will Dyson – GALLIPOLI – ANZAC DAY
“Funny thing Bill – I keep thinking I hear men marching!”
Known as ‘A voice from Anzac’ Depicting two ghostly Australian ANZAC soldiers resting by the sea, a lithographic print on large page.
Print contains lower right artist signature –
ALSO signed lower left in pencil – Will Dyson
6 other signatures include (l-r):
R C Grieve
G M Ingram
Condition of image is good, the edges have some small damages, currently hidden beneath conservation mount & framing. Untouched condition.
This is a very important piece of Australian history, coming from the crucible of the ANZAC story that was so important in the forming of the 'Australian' identity. The series of signatures at the base are soldiers who had lived through the horrors of WWI, and their tales of courage inspired the fledgling nation of Australia. The first 3 and last 2 signatures are all Victoria Cross winners in WWI: in the middle is Major General Sir John Monash KCB VD, an important WWI Australian General. These individuals all showed great courage under fire, and lived to tell the tale. They are well documented on the excellent Australian War Memorial website. There also you will also find the original pen & ink drawing by Dyson which was the source of this print. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C169700 Published in the Melbourne Herald on Anzac Day 1927, the initial news print version was followed up by 1,000 copies which were presented to the RSL groups around Australia. This would appear to be one of these, but is apparently unique in having the signatures of the above mentioned soldiers.