In Pictures: London In 1916

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 13 months ago
In Pictures: London In 1916

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.

Indian soldiers on a London bus
Source Ssplprints
Putney Bridge Road
Source Old London
Church service in Acton to remember first world war casualties buried abroad.
Source Old London
Ticket collector at West Kensington
Source Old London
Army conscripts undergoing a medical at Marylebone Grammar School
Source Old London
Troops coming home for Christmas
Source Doug
Parsons Green station
Source Old London
Women manufacturing bombs at a munition factory
Source Old London
Balham High Street
Source The Regent
Painting by John Lobley, showing casualties arriving back from the Battle of the Somme
Source John Constable
Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, travelling to work at offices in London
Source Old London
Interruptions of Big Ben and the clock, which was shut down for two years during the second world war.
Source Londonhistorian
Wagon and horses, north London
Source Old London
Womens' War Work exhibition, Prince's skating rink, Knightsbridge
Source Iwm
Victoria station
Source Old Pics Archive
Star and Garter, Putney
Source Old London
Female road-tarring team
Source Londonhistorian
Liverpool Street station
Source Old London
Railway guard
Source Old Pics Archive
St Bartholomew church, before the 16th century front was rediscovered after a Zeppelin raid
Source Davenant
Irish Rifles in Hyde Park
Source Rob Baker
Tobacco leaf picking in Brixton
Source Old London
Officers of the Women Police Service
Source Historical Pics
Women re-upholstering tube carriages
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

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