I am a collector.
I have a unique collection of trench art. Each piece has the ID of the soldier who owned it.
My book TRENCH ART - the stories behind the talismans was published in Australia on Remembrance Day 2015. The early chapters of the book are below, explaining how I came by the collection, who photographed it, and why I felt compelled to tell the stories.
57 pieces are from WW1, shown below. Most belonged to young men who were killed in action or died of their wounds - on the Somme, at Gallipoli, in Egypt and Palestine, and Mesopotamia. In the book, I have told their stories.
(Note. The sketchbooks and other ephemera below are not included in the book. They are part of an ongoing fascination with the subject.)