Unique Sketch Books of WW1 Soldier

By October 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm0 Comments

This amazing collection of 125 sketches showing what life was like for one soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and we believe is unique to our WW1 collection found within the Taunton Deane Community.

Donated by Mr & Mrs Doyle of Taunton, the artist is Mrs Doyle’s maternal grandfather, Douglas Arthur Chambers born 1895. Douglas was married to Adela Treen Chambers and lived in West Harrow, Middlesex, with one daughter and one son.

Douglas joined the Royal Army Medical Corps on 25/10/2015 age 20 years, 8 months and served in the Somme. He was demobbed in May 1919.

There are 3 sketch books in the collection and book 1 shows Douglas starting out in the Great War culminating to his sketches and messages changing as he moves into Europe. His very last image in book 3 sums up well the end of the Great War.

Book 1 of Sketches

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Book 2 of Sketches

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Book 3 of Sketches

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About the Author:

This Taunton WW1 borough wide project has been bought to the community by Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Taunton (also known as CICCIC). With support from Heritage Lottery Fund and many other partners we are proud to work with all in the community to produce this website and other project related activities.

 

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