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Highlander watering some flowers which he has planted outside his dug-out

The soldier in the middle of the photograph is wearing a kilt and a canvas sporran. He is holding an enamel watering can at an angle to a very high and steep embankment. It is difficult to see the flowers in amongst the scrub grass on the hill. In the background the narrow, deep trench winds into the distance. It is thought that John Warwick Brooke took this photograph.

Dugout’s feature in a rather nonchalant way in a lot of war prose and poetry, conveying the dugouts normality and acceptance.

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Highlander watering some flowers which he has planted outside his dug-out.']

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