Skylarking in the army

Sepia Saturday 245This week’s Sepia Saturday 245 is all about men larking about, perhaps with a wee drop of whisky in the background.

army group1My images today date from a serious aspect of our nation’s history, World War II, but it’s also obvious the men weren’t on the front line and were having a fine time larking around. This series of photos is from my aunt’s photo album which I inherited. Her husband, Pat Farraher, was a cook with the Army during the War and I wrote about the serious side of his story back on Sepia Saturday 180.Pat Farraher 4

In the photos Pat and his mates are having a play stoush, doing the seemingly-inevitable rabbit ears behind a mate and generally having a light moment or two with or without the wee dram. I don’t know whether the photos were taken at Enoggera barracks in Brisbane or somewhere in Papua New Guinea, but my guess would be the former except in the final photo. Seriously, would you trust these men with the nation’s security?Army mate

I wonder how other Sepians have responded to this challenge? Do their photos reveal lurking, posing, drinking or sharing?army friends


This photograph has the following names on the reverse: Ned Eteell, Slim Hope, and Percy Holt. My guess is this photo is in  PNG.
This photograph has the following names on the reverse: Ned Eteell, Slim Hope, and Percy Holt. My guess is this photo is in PNG.


18 thoughts on “Skylarking in the army

  1. Referring to the 4th photo in line, I had no idea making the devil’s horns sign behind the head of an unsuspecting photo subject’s head went that far back! Everyone in my family has been doing it to each other for years. How funny & how comforting to know we’re in good company!


  2. Your observation on the wisdom of trusting these men with a nation’s security is the same thought I have whenever I see photos of fresh-faced young men in the service. Babies are protecting our freedom!


    1. Isn’t it funny what we take for granted…the shorts never even raised my eyebrows…used to the tropics I guess. Certainly no check trousers to be seen….what would MasterChef say?


  3. A perfect match for this weekend’s theme. I daresay that a cook had the most important duty in any army. Yesterday I came across snapshots from my grandfather’s 1927 service in the US Marines, and they have the same lighthearted flavor as your photos. Which is, of course a universal element of every soldier’s life.


    1. They do say an army marches on its stomach so I guess the cooks were important, though personally I think I’d rather have been a cook than a front line soldier. I guess all soldiers need to kick up their heels when they can, to counter-balance the horrors they see. Thanks for visiting Mike.


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