The photographs featured this week come from the series 165-BO, “British Photographs of World War I, 1914-1918”, (National Archives Identifier 533104), which is currently being digitized.
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0001, “King George of England visits American cemetery near St. Quentin Canal, France, 12/2/1918”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0038, “King of England talking to Scottish soldiers, France”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0078, “Detachment of Americans leave for the front, Le Havre, France, 7/12/1918”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0080, “American troops advancing at Premont, France, 10/8/1918”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0159, “American soldiers leaving England for the Front”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0227, “Ship’s Company, U.S.S. Allen”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0333, “Issuing Grog to British sailors”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0367, “An officer leads the way amidst the bursting of German shells near Arras”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0515, “King George handing baseball to the captain of the Army team during Independence Day baseball game between the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy; General Biddle at King’s right (rear) and Admiral Sims on left. Stamford Bridge, England”
Local Identifier: 165-BO-0735, “British soldier with a Belgian child, Adinkerke, Belgium”
5 thoughts on “Images of the Week: British Photographs of World War I”
RE: Local Identifier 165-BO-333
Aren’t they drinking Grog not riding as a passenger on a bicycle (crog)?
I do enjoy seeing all these old photos! Thanks.
Good catch, definitely a typo on my part. Thanks!
So jealous, wish I was digitizing this collection.
Image 165-BO-1 is a reminder that the American Expeditionary Forces didn’t just fight in the Verdun region but also alongside the British and Australians in Flanders and Picardy. The cemetery is just outside the tiny village of Bony, on the west side of the St. Quentin canal tunnel, where the 27th (NY National Guard) Division suffered particularly heavy losses in September 1918. Unfortunately, very few Americans visit there: it’s mostly Brits and Aussies that sign the visitor book at this wind-swept, serene site. Graves of 27th and 30th Divisions and the 301st (Heavy) Tank Battalion are tended to with great care by local workers.
In the grog picture–one of those gents has a strip shaved down the middle of his head! Some kind of hazing, do you think?
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