“The Water Carrier”

 

‘The Water Carrier’

234 Archibald Bland
234 Archibald Bland

 

Today the image of Arch Bland beares the title “The Water Carrier” .

This distinctive photo of original sapper Arch Bland carrying water along Bridges Road at Gallipoli captures the essence of the hard working sapper. The sling beam bending under the weight of the water filled tins across his shoulders, his measured stride as he bears the load on the uneven track, his casual gaze ahead as if his mind is elsewhere,  and off course his signature look… a forage style cap worn to the side. For Arch Bland this was just another day at the office,  and like his good mate Evelyn Lloyd he never had a sick day the entire time at Gallipoli.

The photo above although cited by the AWM as maker “unknown” , was possibly taken by his good mate fellow sapper 237 Evelyn Lloyd.

The photo below from the Bob Lundy collection shows  Arch Bland centre standing…. and unmistakable with his signature look.

Big tent - courtesy "Bob Lundy Private Collection"
Big tent – courtesy “Bob Lundy Private Collection”

 

 

Archibald Evatt Bland was born in 1885 in Gloucester England, the youngest of 4 boys and his sister Ellen, to parents Samuel Bland a journalist and Emma Bland – nee Evatt.
Arch at 16 was schooled at Dean Close Memorial School in Cheltenham, and was a talented football player, having played inside forward for the Gloucester City Football Cub.

100 years have past and the Gloucester City Football Club AFC still honours and remembers their original young player,  just as we will always honour and remember our brave ANZAC 234 Archibald Evatt Bland.

Portrait Courtesy Manly Library
Portrait Courtesy Manly Library

Arch Blands page is available to read …………………… Click this Link

Story – copyright©VanceKelly2015

Acknowledgments and Sources:

Bob Lundy Collection courtesy of Bruce Hodge

Portrait kind permission Manly Library NSW – John MacRitchie

AWM image – attributed to Evelyn Lloyd

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