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Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 21/

'India Office Official Record of the Great War'.

Photographers: Dr H.D. Girdwood.
Contents: 167 prints 79x75mm to 299x371mm Carbon prints?
Provenance: 22 April 1921.
Notes: See also prints and documentation with Photo 24.
Subjects: army - military campaigns - Indian Army - British Army
Description: Black, full-leather album, 375x485mm, containing mounted prints with letterpress captions. The title, royal coat of arms and floral border are all stamped in gold on the front cover. Inside is a title-page with elaborate peacock design in gold and blue which frames the following caption: 'India Office Official Record of the Great War taken by Dr. H.D. Girdwood, LLD, FRGS, FRPS. London Realistic Travels, 4 Featherstone Buildings, High Holborn, WC1'. The photographs appear in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours including shades of blue, green and brown. They record scenes of military life as experienced by the Indian and British armies in France during the First World War. The battle scenes are not real but staged from maneouvres.



Album contents:-
Photo 21/(1) A battery of Field Artillery, crossing a bridge at eventide. 
Photo 21/(2) His Majesty inspecting the shells at Holmes and Co. Ltd., Munitions Works, Hull. 
Photo 21/(3) Huge shell bursting in enemy lines, warns the Huns of an impending attack. 
Photo 21/(4) Seaforth Highlanders firing trench-mortars, showing shell in its flight in mid-air. 
Photo 21/(5) H.H. Sir Pertab Singh, Gen. Rimington, and H.H. the Maharajah of Rutlam, at head of Jodhpur Lancers in France. 
Photo 21/(6) Anti-aircraft gun captured by our victorious troops from the defeated Germans. 
Photo 21/(7) Bursting star-shells. The curse of our lads on night raids. 
Photo 21/(8) All that is left of the village of La Basseé, scene of many historic events. 
Photo 21/(9) Sikhs under Lt. Smythe, VC, returning to rest and refit after a strenuous period in the trenches. 
Photo 21/(10) 58th Rifles digging communication trenches and laying cables to connect up advanced positions. 
Photo 21/(11) Bringing up reserve ammunition, a tribute to the munition workers. 
Photo 21/(12) A quaint hospital; an old boiler used as a horse hospital in a ruined French factory. 
Photo 21/(13) Bengal Lancers preparing a meal outside a Flanders farmhouse. 
Photo 21/(14) El Kantara, the great base for Egypt and Palestine seen from a transport in the Suez Canal. 
Photo 21/(15) The hard riding of motor dispatch riders necessitated many repairs to their machines. 
Photo 21/(16) Black Watch and Dogras in a trench - keep below the death-line. 
Photo 21/(17) Typical Indian cavalrymen; a few officers and men of Jacob's Horse and the 29th Lancers [Deccan Horse]. 
Photo 21/(18) Transport of Sappers and Miners on the march in France. 
Photo 21/(19) Heliograph section of a cavalry brigade at work in France. 
Photo 21/(20) Inspecting the ruins of the once beautiful Richebourg Cathedral. 
Photo 21/(21) Column of earth from exploding of a British mine under a German position. 
Photo 21/(22) A shell-riddled and deserted village, daily subjected to artillery fire. 
Photo 21/(23) Our guns returning with compliments the German 'Evening Hate'; gun in recoil. 
Photo 21/(24) British and Indian officers of the 15th Sikhs at their rest billets in France. 
Photo 21/(25) Group of 2/2 Gurkhas who never missed a day's duty during their war service. 
Photo 21/(26) Indian officers of the 39th Garhwalis, who won distinction during the war. 
Photo 21/(27) A Jat Regiment marching into billets. 
Photo 21/(28) Gen. Sir James Willcocks, and staff, leaving his head-quarters at Merville for the trenches. 
Photo 21/(29) Trapped German submarine driven inshore and blown clean out of the water. 
Photo 21/(30) Transport with the 'Old Contemptibles' from India meets a Man-of-War in the Mediterranean. 
Photo 21/(31) Evacuation of Gallipoli; removing stores at Helles Bay. 
Photo 21/(32) Gen. Sir Pertab Singh and officers of the Jodhpur Lancers. 
Photo 21/(33) A busy telegraph office at General Headquarters. 
Photo 21/(34) [Group portrait] No.3. Officer's mess, Indian Corps Headquarters, Merville. 
Photo 21/(35) Indian Cavalry passing through a picturesque French village. 
Photo 21/(36) Indian wounded at Brighton Hospital enjoy a gramaphone concert [accompanied by a piper]. 
Photo 21/(37) H.R.H. the Prince of Wales at his Headquarters in France. 
Photo 21/(38) Dr. H.D. Girdwood, leaving his billets at Indian Headquarters to visit H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. 
Photo 21/(39) Royal visit to the front. Enthusiastic reception by the Canadians. 
Photo 21/(40) Indian Corps signal section at work. 
Photo 21/(41) A cable section laying telephone wires; each detachment carries several miles of cable. 
Photo 21/(42) Tanks clearing the way for the infantry through a mud-spattered Flanders battlefield. 
Photo 21/(43) Garhwal brigade signal section fixing telephone cables on the side of a French farmhouse. 
Photo 21/(44) Watching through periscopes the effects of bursting German shells. 
Photo 21/(45) Casualties after the charge has swept over. Captured positions under German shell fire. 
Photo 21/(46) In action! Hidden by a screen of foliage; our batteries put down a barrage for the infantry. 
Photo 21/(47) A German shell arrives; bomb gun section of the Seaforths taking cover. 
Photo 21/(48) Second-line of Gurkhas coming up under shell-fire to consolidate trench taken by first-line. 
Photo 21/(49) First-line Gurkhas storming and capturing a German trench. 
Photo 21/(50) Our gallant infantry charging the German positions in East Africa. 
Photo 21/(51) F.M. [Field Marshall] Sir John French, C-in-C in France, with ADC's at General Headquarters. 
Photo 21/(52) Second line Gurkhas consolidating the captured trenches while the first continues the attack. 
Photo 21/(53) Gen. Sir James Willcocks, inspecting a battalion of Gurkhas just out of the trenches. 
Photo 21/(54) Gurkhas drawing rations at a French farmhouse. 
Photo 21/(55) Gurkhas wrestling on transport mules at a rest camp in France. 
Photo 21/(56) Seaforths filling their water-bottles at a town pump before going into the trenches. 
Photo 21/(57) Jats wrestling - the favourite sport of our Indian fighters. 
Photo 21/(58) Tommy's mount receives first attention; carrying water from a nearby rivulet. 
Photo 21/(59) Troops and supplies being rushed from railhead to the firing line. 
Photo 21/(60) Troops feeding their horses, and resting on the march. 
Photo 21/(61) Machine-gun of the Manchesters in action; repulsing an attack. 
Photo 21/(62) A breathless moment, Canadians leaving their trenches to rush a German position. 
Photo 21/(63) Gurkhas clearing the remaining Germans out of trenches by hand grenades. 
Photo 21/(64) Gen. Sir James Willcocks extending a word of praise to battle-scarred Gurkha officers. 
Photo 21/(65) Indian Post Office at a Headquarters town. 
Photo 21/(66) [Group portrait] No.2. Officers mess, Indian Corps Headquarters, Merville. 
Photo 21/(67) Inspection of Gurkha kukries before going over the top. 
Photo 21/(68) Our sturdy Gurkhas working on a fire and communication trench. 
Photo 21/(69) The Gurkhas were great favourites with the French children. 
Photo 21/(70) [Group portrait of] Officers of the Fourth Cavalry Corps. 
Photo 21/(71) Moving up; Indian Lancers passing through Grecoy. 
Photo 21/(72) Gharwalis [sic] lining a reserve trench in expectation of a German attack. 
Photo 21/(73) Tommy's favourite pastime. A football match between the Signal Company and the Gurkhas. 
Photo 21/(74) Motor lorries of supply column bring up forage for an Indian cavalry regiment. 
Photo 21/(75) Baggage train on the march in Flanders. 
Photo 21/(76) Band of Pathans playing at a French farm. 
Photo 21/(77) An anxious moment; German shells bursting near our advancing infantry. 
Photo 21/(78) Infantry in the front-line trenches preparing to meet a gas-attack. 
Photo 21/(79) Sikhs chanting and performing their ablutions at their billets in France. 
Photo 21/(80) 'Over the top'; observe the expression on their faces as these lads gallantly face death. 
Photo 21/(81) Gharwalis [sic] passing the Doll's House on shell-swept La Basseé Road. 
Photo 21/(82) Gen. Sir James Willcocks and Gen. Southey visit an out-post held by the Black Watch near Fauquissart. 
Photo 21/(83) Gen. Sir James Willcocks at Headquarters planning an attack. 
Photo 21/(84) Some survivors of the 21 men of the Seaforths who have received the DCM [Distinguished Conduct Medal]. 
Photo 21/(85) Good fellowship between British and Indian signallers. 
Photo 21/(86) [Group portrait of] Gen. Sir James Willcocks, C-in-C, of the Indian Expeditionary Force with his personal staff. 
Photo 21/(87) Seaforths crossing bridge on their way to the firing-line. 
Photo 21/(88) Gurkha pipers playing 'La Marseillaise' to French villagers. 
Photo 21/(89) Officer in deep dug-out, safe from enemy shell-fire. 
Photo 21/(90) London motor-busses in French town, ready to rush troops up the line. 
Photo 21/(91) [Group portrait] Brig.Gen. Edwards with staff of Meerut Cavalry Brigade, at the Chateau Lieltres. 
Photo 21/(92) [Group portrait of the] French military mission with the Indian Army Corps, Merville. 
Photo 21/(93) Bomb-proof shelter. Officers refuge when shell-fire becomes too dangerous. 
Photo 21/(94) The Maharajah of Barwani in the grounds of his Headquarters in France. 
Photo 21/(95) Motor-lorries and cycles of the Indian Army Corps' Signallers packed in the main square at Merville. 
Photo 21/(96) NCO's and men of the 57th [Wilde's] Rifles at a French farmhouse. 
Photo 21/(97) British and Indian officers outside Headquarters in a Flanders village. 
Photo 21/(98) Brig.Gen. Egerton and staff of the Ferozepore Brigade outside a dug-out at their Headquarters. 
Photo 21/(99) Gen. Sir James Willcocks and staff riding through Merville on a tour of inspection to the front-line trenches. 
Photo 21/(100) [Group portrait of] Brig.Gen. Norie with British and Indian officers of the 2/2 Gurkhas. 
Photo 21/(101) Lieut. Hitendra of Cooch Behar and Major Stewart. 
Photo 21/(102) Lieut. Hitendra of Cooch Behar on his famous horse, 'Son of a gun'. 
Photo 21/(103) Indian convalescent depot at a Headquarters town in France. 
Photo 21/(104) [Group portrait of] Sir James Willcocks and his staff at Headquarters of the Indian Corps. 
Photo 21/(105) Headquarters group of the 6th Jats. 
Photo 21/(106) [Group portrait] No.4. Officers Mess at Indian Corps Headquarters, Merville. 
Photo 21/(107) Headquarters group [portrait] of the Indian Cavalry Corps at the Chateau St.André. 
Photo 21/(108) The wrecked Zeppelin brought down by our aviators near the coast of Essex. 
Photo 21/(109) Examining the remains of a howitzer destroyed by a direct hit. 
Photo 21/(110) The most terrifying of all bombardments; the merciless gas-shells. 
Photo 21/(111) Haig's Headquarters at the front which came under German shell-fire. 
Photo 21/(112) Maintaining our supremacy in the air; a battle squadron in fighting formation. 
Photo 21/(113) The ruins of Albert an its famous cathedral as seen from an aeroplane. 
Photo 21/(114) Observation balloon, showing the inflated stabilisers. 
Photo 21/(115) Battery prepared against a gas attack, firing at the German positions. 
Photo 21/(116) The eyes of the army - Sopwith Camels ready for a patrol over the German lines. 
Photo 21/(117) Sudden alarm to a battery of artillery resting in a wood. 
Photo 21/(118) [Aerial view] Over the German lines, showing deep trenches, mine craters and shell-pitted ground. 
Photo 21/(119) The gun teams are hurriedly hooked in and the battery moves off at a gallop. 
Photo 21/(120) H.H. the Maharajah of Barwani with his ambulance cars in France. 
Photo 21/(121) King's Dragoon Guards taking their machine gun across a stream by an aerial railway. 
Photo 21/(122) F.M. Sir John French riding with his Aide-de-Camps and escort of Indian Cavalry. 
Photo 21/(123) Jacob's Horse passing through a French town on their way to the front. 
Photo 21/(124) A squadron of the King's Dragoon Guards crossing a stream in France. 
Photo 21/(125) Eighty yards from the enemy; falling leaves clipped off by German bullets. 
Photo 21/(126) Kitchener in happy mood, praises officers and men for their heroic assaults at the Dardanelles. 
Photo 21/(127) Troop of Jodhpur Lancers dismounting before going into action. 
Photo 21/(128) The true bull-dog rush of our troops at the Dardanelles. 
Photo 21/(129) Gurkhas returning to rest and refit after a strenuous period in the trenches. 
Photo 21/(130) The S.O.S. of the front line; rockets used in emergency to call up reserves. 
Photo 21/(131) Gurkhas preparing and cooking their evening meal. 
Photo 21/(132) Pathans bombing out the Germans. 
Photo 21/(133) Highlanders skirmishing through a ruined village linked up with our trenches. 
Photo 21/(134) Cooks preparing a hasty meal in a ruined cottage. 
Photo 21/(135) The result of bombardment; shell craters and buildings wrecked by German shells. 
Photo 21/(136) Arrival of casualties at a regimental aid post. 
Photo 21/(137) Cutting the wire, where our gallant heroes fell. 
Photo 21/(138) [Group portrait] Gen. Fanshaw with divisional and brigade staff, of 1st Indian Cavalry Division. 
Photo 21/(139) An interested audience of French villagers watching trick-riding by Indian Cavalry. 
Photo 21/(140) Waterfall tent-pegging at which the Indian Cavalry proved they were second to none. 
Photo 21/(141) [Group portrait] Gen. Cookson with divisional and brigade staff of 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. 
Photo 21/(142) Smoke screen thrown out to conceal concentration of storm troops. 
Photo 21/(143) 11 inch shells abandoned by the Germans in their headlong flight across the Rhine. 
Photo 21/(144) One of our 16 inch railway guns; the monsters which pulverised the Hindenburg line. 
Photo 21/(145) One of the formidable dug-outs captured from the Germans, Bickendorf. 
Photo 21/(146) In the thick of a gas attack; our lads ready for the enemy. 
Photo 21/(147) A tank avoids a water-logged shell hole; the grave of several of its companions. 
Photo 21/(148) Machine-gun section and infantry crossing a flooded river by pontoon bridge in Mesopotamia. 
Photo 21/(149) A quiet hour in a quiet spot out of range of enemy fire. 
Photo 21/(150) British troops from invading columns refresh themselves at a waterfall in East Africa. 
Photo 21/(151) Tenderly lifting a serious case; stretcher bearers at work. 
Photo 21/(152) Although suffering heavily our troops never faltered until they had taken the German trenches. 
Photo 21/(153) A tank leads the infantry into action and breaks down the wire entanglements. 
Photo 21/(154) Stretcher bearers removing a wounded officer who was picked off by a German sniper. 
Photo 21/(155) Our navy in action - a broadside from HMS 'Cornwallis' makes things lively for the enemy. 
Photo 21/(156) Leicesters passing a French canal on their way to the firing line. 
Photo 21/(157) North Staffords resting by the side of a French canal. 
Photo 21/(158) Seaforths after a long march, enjoy a dip in a French canal. 
Photo 21/(159) Triumph of our navy. Surrendered battleships and cruisers of German fleet at Scapa Flow. 
Photo 21/(160) Caged at last. Fleet of murderous German submarines secure in channel port. 
Photo 21/(161) An exciting chase! British destroyers on the track of a German submarine. 
Photo 21/(162) Interior of forward compartment of U.Boat 135, showing torpedo anf four torpedo tubes. 
Photo 21/(163) Spoils of war; hundreds of captured German guns in a gun park. 
Photo 21/(164) F.M. Sir Douglas Haig, inspecting sailors who took part in the raids on Ostend and Zeebrugge 
Photo 21/(165) Ypres and its ruined cloth hall where British heroism shone resplendant through the darkest hours. 
Photo 21/(166) Our 'Watch on the Rhine'. Infantry guarding one of the bridge heads, Cologne. 
Photo 21/(167) Peace procession of Indian troops salute the cenotaph to 'The Glorious Dead'. 


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