History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

29 March, 2011

Faces of World War One

As I've expanded on in the posts of Civil War and daguerreotype portraits [more to come on both of those fronts, by the way], it can be such a stirring experience to come face to face with people who lived a long time ago-- it's an instant erasure of all the time between us and them. This is the start of a third series of simple portraits, this time of the men (and occasional women) who served their countries in the First World War. These all come from the Great War Archive, an initiative of Oxford University to collect photographs, documents, and other memorabilia related to World War One from individuals and institutions. When possible these photographs include relevant information about the people they portray, but I've elected to include only their name. Many of these men, sadly, didn't make it back.


Chester Adams. Source

Evan Jones. Source

William Barber, 1917. Source

Ernest Powell. Source

Ivy Annison [served in the WAAF, Women's Auxiliary Air Force]. Source

Unknown RAF pilot. Source

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

love these pics !

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