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WW1 1915, Ararat to Albania


The WW1 pot remembers a tiny splinter of that vast sprawling war. 1915 was the year of the Armenian genocide, still denied by the Turkish government and still an open wound for many Armenians. The scars on the land where once the Armenian villages stood and people lived, can easily be seen in Eastern Turkey, particularly around Mr. Ararat, shown on the pot as a snow-capped peak, close to the rim. When I photographed it in 2002, as I explored the ruins of one such village, it was early Summer, and the foothills and surrounding fields were carpeted with wild flowers - stripes of yellow, pink and purple. The image on the pot was adapted from that photograph.

The pot also honours the extraordinary work and bravery of three British women: Dr. Elise Maud Inglis, Mrs Mabel St. Clair Stobart, and Sergeant Major Flora Sandes all of whom worked on the Balkan Front and were variously affected by or involved in the Great Serbian Retreat of 1915-16. When Serbia was invaded by German, Austro-Hungarian, and Bulgarian forces in late 1915, retreat was ordered by the Serbian general as the only viable way to survive. It was an exodus of some 355,000 people: men, women, and children, with donkeys, cattle, carts, and whatever they could carry. Approximately 200,000 died in the mountains, with 155,000 reaching the Albanian coast, and eventually crossing the Adriatic to Corfu and Salonika. Original photographs now in the Imperial War Museum can be seen here





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