Battle of the Somme
A Battery Shelled, by Percy Wyndham Lewis; A Battery Shelled, 1919, by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Wyndham Lewis was one of the most avant-garde British artists commissioned for the Hall of Remembrance. He was a founding member of the Vorticist group, an artistic and literary movement that celebrated the energy and violence of the modern machine age. Inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, A Battery Shelled depicts the effects of counter-battery artillery fire.
J. R. R. Tolkien, Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1916. Tolkien served as a signals officer at the Somme, participating in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge and the subsequent assault on the Schwaben Redoubt. In late October of 1916 Tolkien came down with trench fever, a disease carried by the lice which were common in the dugouts and was invalided home to England in November of the same year. “Gentlemen are rare among the superiors, and even human beings rare indeed.” - Tolkien's ...
The Battle of the Somme, by Muirhead Bone; War Drawings by Muirhead Bone: The Battle of the Somme, 1918, by Muirhead Bone. Bone, a Scottish printmaker, was the first war artist to be commissioned by Wellington House. He arrived on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Bone produced numerous drawings illustrating the well-organised military machinery supporting the battle.