Highland Territorials with their dog mascot
This photograph shows a group of Highland Territorial soldiers in a trench, armed with bayonets. Several of them are wearing kilts, which was the uniform for some of the Scottish battalions that fought in the First World War. Also in the trench we can see a small dog: many battalions had dogs as mascots.
The Girdwood Collection
This series of several hundred photographs recording the contribution of Indian soldiers to the Allied war effort was produced in 1915 by the Canadian-born photographer Charles Hilton DeWitt Girdwood (1878-1964). As a professional photographer Girdwood had an early connection with India, photographing the Delhi Durbar of 1903, the royal tour of 1905-06 and the Delhi Durbar of 1911. In 1908 he set up a photo agency called Realistic Travels, specialising in stereoscopic photography.
With the outbreak of war in 1914, Girdwood returned from India and in April 1915 was given permission by the India Office to photograph the work of the Indian military hospitals in Bournemouth and Brighton. From July to September 1915 he worked in France as an official photographer to record Indian and later British troops in the field. In the later part of his time in France he also made ciné film of the campaign (which later appeared under the title With the Empire’s Fighters.
- Full title:
- Highland Territorials in a trench [La Gorgue, France]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.
- Charles Hilton DeWitt Girdwood
- Held by:
- British Library
- Copyright: ©
- Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland
- Usage Terms:
- Open Government Licence
- Photo 24/(247)
- Article by:
- Paul Cornish
- The war machine, Life as a soldier, Race, empire and colonial troops
With focus on the routines of work, rest and recreation, Senior Curator Paul Cornish describes the typical daily life experienced by soldiers in World War One.
- Article by:
- Jonathan Boff
- Life as a soldier, The war machine
How were soldiers prepared for World War One? Dr Jonathan Boff examines the stages of training undertaken by the millions of soldiers across the British, German and French armies.