The Military Collection has recently acquired three water-colors painted by Walter Percival Starmer for the book The romance of the red triangle :the story of the coming of the red triangle and the story of the coming of the red triangle and the service rendered by the Y.M.C.A. to the sailors and soldiers of the British empire by Sir Arthur K. Yapp, (London and New York, Hodder and Stoughton, c.1918), but not used. Starmer (1877-1961) served as a war artist and was in Arras in 1918.
They depict scenes of different YMCA establishments on the Western Front in France. These images complement other representations of the organization during the Great War in the Military Collection such as Bruce Bairnsfather’s original ink caricature titled Why M.C.A. depicting German prisoners, and numerous posters.