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