After Neuve Chapelle (10th March 1915)

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Joseph Gray
British, 1890-1962

After Neuve Chapelle (10th March, 1915)
Oil on canvas

Presented by Col. JB Muir, DSO, and the Officers of the 4th Battalion, the Black Watch Royal Highlanders
Museum number 3-1922

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, France, was fought during the First World War between 10th and 13th March 1915. Allied forces hoped that they could break through German lines.

The 2nd, 4th and 5th Battalion of the Black Watch were involved in the battle, with many Dundonians fighting for the 4th. After an early breakthrough, communications broke down between the Allied forces and the German army regained the initiative. Despite losing thousands of men during the offensive the Allies only advanced 750 metres.

Every person depicted in this painting is named. The artist Joseph Gray was a so called 'fighter-writer' who had worked for the Dundee Advertiser and then joined the 4th Battalion Black Watch during the war.

After Neuve Chapelle (10th March 1915)
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