It's 1916, the midst of the first world war. The British government passes the first Military Service Act which makes single, childless men from 18 to 41 years old liable to be called up for service in the army, the first time conscription is introduced in Britain. Women take on jobs that have until now traditionally been held by men, including tarring roads and working on the railways. See London as it was back then in this series of insightful photographs.
Troops coming home for Christmas Source Doug Painting by John Lobley, showing casualties arriving back from the Battle of the Somme Source John Constable Indian soldiers on a London bus Source Ssplprints Officers of the Women Police Service Source Historical Pics Balham High Street Source The Regent Balham Parsons Green station Source Old London Women manufacturing bombs at a munition factory Source Old London Interruptions of Big Ben and the clock, which was shut down for two years during the second world war. Source Londonhistorian Star and Garter, Putney Source Old London Church service in Acton to remember first world war casualties buried abroad. Source Old London Wagon and horses, north London Source Old London Victoria station Source Old Pics Archive Liverpool Street station Source Old London Irish Rifles in Hyde Park Source Rob Baker Putney Bridge Road Source Old London Womens' War Work exhibition, Prince's skating rink, Knightsbridge Source Iwm St Bartholomew church, before the 16th century front was rediscovered after a Zeppelin raid Source Davenant Railway guard Source Old Pics Archive Ticket collector at West Kensington Source Old London Female road-tarring team Source Londonhistorian Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, travelling to work at offices in London Source Old London Tobacco leaf picking in Brixton Source Old London Women re-upholstering tube carriages Source Old London Army conscripts undergoing a medical at Marylebone Grammar School Source Old London Among the London Searchlights by CRW Nevinson Source War Art First Military Service Act passed by the British parliament making all single men between 18 and 41 eligible for conscription into the army. Source Imperial War Museum London
Last Updated 06 June 2017