British soldier washing in a shell crater

Description

This photograph shows daily life on the frontline. A British soldier is washing in the stagnant water that has collected in a shell crater. Millions of soldiers lived in similar conditions of poor hygiene.

Full title:
British soldier washing in a shell crater
Published:
May, 1917
Format:
Photograph
Language:
English
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France

Related articles

Swearing

Article by:
Julian Walker
Theme:
Life as a soldier

Julian Walker considers the presence and variety of swearing within World War One ranks and how its use bonded or divided soldiers.

The daily life of soldiers

Article by:
Paul Cornish
Themes:
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.

Wounding in World War One

Article by:
Julie Anderson
Themes:
Life as a soldier, Race, empire and colonial troops, Wounding and medicine

World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Dr Julie Anderson reflects on the subsequent impact on the role of doctors and nurses, and the medical treatment, organisation and new technologies that they employed.

Related collection items