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 A Midshipman's Journal: Alderson, B

This is the first extract of a journal compiled by Basil Alderson, a Surgeon Lieutenant and midshipman on board the aircraft carrier, HMS GLORIOUS, 1935-1936. The journal comprises manuscript entries, photographs, drawings and sketch maps detailing daily life on board ship, exercises and training involving…

 A Royal Flying Corps Trainee (Part 1): Bryant, A

This collection of letters from Arthur Bryant to his parents describes his experiences as a Royal Flying Corps trainee in Shoreham in Sussex in January 1918. Bryant describes visits to the theatre, amateur dramatics and other examples of daily life in the midst of war, along with frequent complaints…

 A Royal Flying Corps Trainee (Part 2): Bryant, A

This second selection of letters from Arthur Bryant to his parents provides further insight into the life of a Royal Flying Corps trainee in 1918. The letters include descriptions of visits to the theatre, life in Sussex and during training in Norfolk and Bryant's lament at the death of close friends. 

 Adventures Of A Naval Surgeon (Part 1): Alderson, B

This first selection of items from the scrapbook of British naval surgeon Basil Alderson describes his life on board various ships in British waters and the Mediterranean in the early months of 1938. Items include a Sea Scouts' theatre programme and photographs of Malta, scouts and of officers and individual…

 Adventures Of A Naval Surgeon (Part 2): Alderson, B

This second part of the scrapbook of naval surgeon Basil Alderson in 1938 includes photographs of ships, descriptions of exercises and parades, first aid and medical equipment, illustrations of naval crests and a cartoon of a torpedo drinking a beer. 

 Adventures Of A Naval Surgeon (Part 3): Alderson, B

This third selection of images from a scrapbook belonging to naval surgeon Basil Alderson moves into 1939, describing the sinking of the submarine THETIS, the Sea Scouts, daily life and including numerous photographs and colour illustrations of ships and other subjects.  

 An Officer At Large (Part 1): Allenby, E

This first part of the photograph album Allenby 5/3 illustrates the travels of a young officer, Edmund Allenby, with revealing insights into his family life, military postings and manoeuvres in the late 1890s and 1900s. Allenby famously commanded the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine and Egypt,…

 An Officer At Large (Part 2): Allenby, E

This second part of the photograph album Allenby 5/3 illustrates the travels within the British Empire of a young officer, Edmund Allenby, with revealing insights into his family life, life on board ship and parades including the King's birthday parade in 1907. Allenby famously commanded the Egyptian…

 An Officer At Large (Part 3): Allenby, E

The third and final part of the photograph album, Allenby 5/3, illustrating the travels of officer, Edmund Allenby. The collection includes views of South Africa, Egypt, Naples, Switzerland and Uganda. Allenby famously commanded the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine and Egypt, 1917-1919.

 An Officer's Life (Part 1): Allenby, E

This first batch of photographs from an album belonging to Edmund Allenby provides a revealing insight into the personal life of an Army officer in the 1890s - showing life in Africa, military encampments, the natural environment and indigenous peoples, travels including St Helena including Napoleon's…

 An Officer's Life (Part 2): Allenby, E

This second batch of photographs from an album belonging to Edmund Allenby provides a revealing insight into the personal life of an Army officer in the 1890s - showing Allenby relaxing with friends in Scotland and amateur dramatics amid the ruins of ancient Egypt. It also includes examples of Army…

 Bikes And 'Brooklands': Foulkes, C

A photographic collection showing early transportation and recreational vehicles. Still images developed from glass plate negatives.

 Crowds And Cars: Foulkes, C

A photographic collection showing crowds and cars circa 1909. Still images developed from glass plate negatives.

 Dominion Troops - London March Programme

Official programme for triumphal or victory march through London by Dominion troops, 1919. Colour, published in London.

 En route to China: Floud, B

This is the first album of five belonging to Bernard Floud (1915-1967), relating to his journey to China, 1938, as part of a League of Nations student delegation. The album contains photographs of countries travelled through en route: France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,…

 Gallipoli Examined: Hamilton, I

Another selection of official photographs from the Dardanelles Expedition in 1915-16. These photographs, supplied by the Central News Agency, were each assigned a four digit agency number which follows the description. The images here include survivors on board ship, wounded soldiers, Indian soldiers,…

 Gallipoli In Close Up: Hamilton, I

A selection of official photographs of the Dardanelles Expedition, 1915-1916. These photographs, supplied by the Central News Agency, were each assigned a four digit agency number which follows the description. The photographs include views of daily life, action including explosions, prisoners of war,…

 Gallipoli In Detail: Hamilton, I

A further selection of official photographs of the Dardanelles Expedition, 1915-1916. These photographs, supplied by the Central News Agency, were each assigned a four digit agency number which follows the description. The photographs include views of daily life, action including beaches, submarines…

 Gallipoli In Focus: Hamilton, I

Another batch of official photography covering the Dardanelles Campaign during World War One. The photographs include images of prisoners of war, naval ships, graves and the daily life of soldiers. 

 Gallipoli Through The Lens: Hamilton, I

Another selection of official photographs of the Dardanelles Expedition, 1915-1916. These photographs, supplied by the Central News Agency, were each assigned a four digit agency number which follows the description. The photographs include views of ships, fortifications, soldiers and animals.

 Heroism And Gallantry

This gallery provides an insight into the role of heroism and gallantry in war and peace, including newspaper descriptions of the escape of prisoners of war; the heroic death of a naval officer during the Battle of Jutland in 1916 as seen through the eyes of a poet; the role of war memorial as a means…

 HMS Kelly - The Outbreak Of War: Alderson, B

This selection comprises often informal and humorous crew news-sheets of the KDF (flotilla), September-October 1939, including photographs of HMS Kelly, Royal Navy destroyer of the K Class at the outbreak of the Second World War, shortly after the commissioning of the ship. The news-sheets include information…

 Isacke Diaries, 1897 (Part 2): Isacke, H

This second selection of diary entries from February and March 1897 was compiled by Hubert Isacke (1872-1943). Isacke was an army officer who served on the North West Frontier of British India, 1897-1898. Following service in the Second Boer War, Isacke served as a staff officer and Director of Staff…

 Ismay Papers (Part 1): Ismay, H

Papers relating to Hastings Ismay at the Staff College Quetta, India and the RAF Staff College, Andover, Hampshire, 1922-1924.

 Ismay Papers (Part 2): Ismay, H

Notes by AVM Henry Robert Moore Brooke-Popham, RAF Staff College, Andover, Hampshire on enthusiasm and discipline. On the history of discipline and a transition from systems based on naked fear to more modern ones based on consent and esprit de corps. On morale, morality and psychology, with historical…

 Ismay Papers (Part 3): Ismay, H

Notes by Air Commodore Henry Robert Moore Brooke-Popham, RAF Staff College, Andover, Hampshire on morale, December 1923.

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 1)

L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. This is the first part of volume 1 covering the background…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 2)

Second part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. This includes early episodes…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 3)

The third part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. It includes colour portraits…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 4)

The fourth part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. It includes a range…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 5)

The fifth part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. This selection covers…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 6)

The sixth part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. This selection focuses…

 L'Album De La Guerre, Vol 1 (Part 7)

The sixth part of volume 1 of L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919: Histoire Photographique et Documentaire Reconstituee Chronologiquement a l'Aide de Cliches et de Dessins Publies par "L'Illustration" de 1914 a 1921. French illustrated history of the First World War, in two volumes. This selection notably…

 Lawrence Of Arabia In France: Lawrence, T E

Thomas Edward Lawrence, later known as Lawrence of Arabia, read history at Jesus College Oxford. As part of his degree, he was required to submit a special thesis - Lawrence chose medieval military architecture as a subject. He embarked on a cycling tour of France in the summer of 1908 undertaking research…

 Operation Market Garden - A Conversation About Arnhem: Brady, T

Major Brady was 3 Irish Guards. His company fought through Belgium and Holland and during Operation Market Garden fought in and around Nijmegen.Operation Market Garden was one of the Second World War's boldest plans and as such it continues even to this day to generate considerable controversy about…

 Operation Market Garden - Arnhem: Brady, T

Major Tony Brady was 3 Irish Guards. His company fought through Belgium and Holland and during Operation Market Garden fought in and around Nijmegen. Operation Market Garden was one of the Second World War's boldest plans and as such it continues even to this day to generate considerable controversy…

 Operation Market Garden - Gliders At Arnhem: Dauncey, M

Brigadier Mike Dauncey was a young officer in the Glider Regiment who landed near Wolfheze with the British Airborne Forces on the afternoon 17 September 1944. He was wounded in the battle and captured by German troops, but later escaped from a military hospital and was eventually smuggled back to Allied…

 Operation Market Garden - Irish Guards: Brady, T

Major Tony Brady was 3 Irish Guards. His company fought through Belgium and Holland and during Operation Market Garden fought in and around Nijmegen. Operation Market Garden was one of the Second World War's boldest plans and as such it continues even to this day to generate considerable controversy…

 Polen Et Litauen: War Office Library

German army training booklet on Poland and Lithuania (1937) that provides an insight into preparations for war: Armeen diesfeits und jenfeits der Grenze. Includes potted histories and details of the countries' defence forces. Acquired by the War Office Library the same year.

 Red Versus White: Poole, F C

Typescript report by Capt George A Hill, RAF, entitled 'Report of work done in Russia to end of 1917', 27 Nov 1918. With accompanying correspondence. From the collection of Major General Sir Frederick Cuthbert Poole, General Officer Commanding, North Russia Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919.

 Revolutionary Russia - A British View: Poole, F C

Printed War Office report entitled 'Appreciation of the internal situation in Russia', 12 Jan 1919. From the collection of Major General Sir Frederick Cuthbert Poole, General Officer Commanding, North Russia Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919.

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 1)

IN RUHLEBEN CAMP Magazine Issue No1 Sunday June 6th 1915. This is the first edition of a magazine produced by civilian internees of Allied powers imprisoned in Germany at the outbreak of war. The camp was situated a few miles outside Berlin. The magazine reflects the sporting, cultural and other interests…

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 2)

IN RUHLEBEN CAMP Magazine ISSUE No2 Sunday June 27th 1915. The second edition of the magazine produced by Allied internees of the camp, situated a few miles outside Berlin. The magazine reflects the cultural, sporting and musical life of the camp and includes caricatures and advertisements.

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 3)

IN RUHLEBEN CAMP magazine Issue 3 Sunday July 11th 1915. This third edition of the magazine was published by Allied internees of the German internment camp situated on the outskirts of Berlin. It features articles and stories about daily life, culture and sport.

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 4)

IN RUHLEBEN CAMP magazine Issue 4, August Bank Holiday, 1915. This fourth edition of the magazine was published by Allied internees of the German internment camp situated on the outskirts of Berlin. It features articles and stories about daily life, culture and sport.

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 8)

This eighth edition of the magazine was published by Allied internees of the German internment camp on the outskirts of Berlin in September 1915. Featured articles include pieces on schooling, the dangers of bad language and the new football season. The edition features a number of illustrations including…

 Ruhleben Camp Magazine (No 9)

The ninth edition of the magazine was published by Allied internees of the German internment camp on the outskirts of Berlin in October 1915. This issue includes reports on football, cricket and tennis in the camp, amateur dramatics and donations to the Red Cross. As with all Ruhleben Camp magazines,…

 Russian Civil War Close Up: Poole, F C

Printed War Office report entitled 'Report on visit of British Military Mission to the Volunteer Army under General Denikin in South Russia', Nov-Dec 1918.   From the collection of Major General Sir Frederick Cuthbert Poole, General Officer Commanding, North Russia Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919. 

 Service In South Africa, Along The Nile And POW Life: Archer, J

A photograph album belonging to Captain John Archer covering service in the Boer War, in Malta, Crete, the Sudan, Egypt and as a prisoner of war in Germany. The album includes images of action against the Boers, life on the Nile and POWs.

 Soldiers And Civilians: Child, E

The interaction of soldiers and civilians in a Paris besieged by Prussian forces between 1870 and 1871 is captured in a series of remarkable publiications of caricatures and cartoons that highlight the political role of the military in time of war. These were collected by Edwin Child, a British seed…

 Stereoscopic Photos Of World War One (Part 1): Aston, S C

Stereoscopic photographs of World War One, originally the property of Lt A V Kidman, 513 Field Company, Royal Engineers, mostly relating to the Western Front, 1914-1918. 

 Stereoscopic Photos Of World War One (Part 2): Aston, S C

Stereoscopic photographs of World War One, originally the property of Lt A V Kidman, 513 Field Company, Royal Engineers, mostly relating to the Western Front, 1914-1918.

 Stereoscopic Photos Of World War One (Part 3): Aston, S C

Stereoscopic photographs of World War One, originally the property of Lt A V Kidman, 513 Field Company, Royal Engineers, mostly relating to the Western Front, 1914-1918. 

 Stereoscopic Photos Of World War One (Part 4): Aston, S C

Stereoscopic photographs of World War One, originally the property of Lt A V Kidman, 513 Field Company, Royal Engineers, mostly relating to the Western Front, 1914-1918. 

 The Birth Of The Tank (Part 1): Fuller, J F C

This selection represents the first part of Fuller 1/1, a bound volume of correspondence, reports, memoranda, maps and plans, mostly relating to the early development, testing, training and tactics associated with the introduction of the tank in World War One. John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966)…

 The Birth Of The Tank (Part 2): Fuller, J F C

This selection represents the second part of Fuller 1/1, a bound volume of correspondence, reports, memoranda, maps and plans, mostly relating to the early development, testing, training and tactics associated with the introduction of the tank in World War One. John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966)…

 The Birth Of The Tank (Part 3): Fuller, J F C

This selection represents the third part of Fuller 1/1, a bound volume of correspondence, reports, memoranda, maps and plans, mostly relating to the early development, testing, training and tactics associated with the introduction of the tank in World War One. John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966)…

 The Birth Of The Tank (Part 4): Fuller, J F C

This selection is the fourth part of Fuller 1/1 - a mainly typescript bound volume of reports, memoranda, notes, correspondence, sketches, plans and illustrations relating to the early history of the tank during World War One. John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966) - later raised to the rank of Major…

 The Birth Of The Tank (Part 5): Fuller, J F C

This fifth part of the 'birth of the tank' sequence is taken from the papers of John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966) - specifically Fuller 1/1, a bound typescript volume of reports, memoranda, correspondence, diagrams and drawings relating to the early history of the tank and its deployment in World…

 The Dardanelles Expedition: Hamilton, I

A collection of official photographs from the Dardanelles Expedition of 1915-1916.

 The Officer As Hero And Celebrity (Part 1): Robinson, C N

The first part of "Celebrities of the army", edited by Commander Chas. N. Robinson, London, 1900. A book depicting British senior officers as heroes, describing their adventures and accompanied by rich colour illustrations. This first section includes Lord Kitchener and 'Bobs' Roberts.

 The Officer As Hero And Celebrity (Part 2): Robinson, C N

The second part of Celebrities of the army, 1900. The book depicts British senior officers heroically, describing their adventures and achievements in recent colonial conflicts in a series of rich colour illustrations. The book provides an insight into the prevailing military iconography of late Victorian…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 1): Spears, E

This first selection from the extensive archive of Major General Sir Edward Spears chronicles life on the Western Front during the Great War when Spears was a liaison officer between the French and British staff. He was Head of the British Military Mission in  Paris between 1917 and 1920 before entering…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 2) - Spears In France: Spears, E

This second selection from the archive of Major General Sir Edward Spears contains further insights into life on the Western Front during World War One. Spears was to become Head of the British Military Mission in Paris between 1917 and 1920 before entering Parliament and pursuing a political career…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 3) - Marching As To War: Spears, E

Batch three of this photograph album from the collection of Major General Sir Edward Spears captures the vicissitudes of war on the Western Front in vivid detail. Spears, a fluent French speaker, provided liaison between the British and French armies. He later pursued a political career as an MP during…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 4) - Observing The Great War: Spears, E

This fourth instalment of a photograph album belonging to liaison officer, Edward Spears, provides revealing testimony to the routine of the First World War: parades, inspections, decoration in battle, tactical observation of the disposition of enemy forces, conversation and dialogue. The engineering…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 5) - Death And Discipline On The Western Front: Spears, E

This fifth selection from a photograph album belonging to liaison officer, Major General Edward Spears, explores the often grim price of war, notably a series of dramatic photographs illustrating the drum head court martial and execution of a German prisoner accused of killing his guard. The selection…

 The Ruins Of France (Part 6) - Deepening Conflict: Spears, E

This sixth instalment of photography from the collection of Major General Sir Edward Spears chronicles a deepening conflict: use of aerial reconnaissance, artillery in action, the bombardment of the enemy. It also illustrates the comradeship of allies and snatched moments of laughter amid the slaughter,…

 The Siege Of Paris (1870-1871): Child, E

This volume of cartoons, Souvenirs Du Siege de Paris, was collected by Edwin Child who was trapped in Paris during the siege of the city in the Franco-Prussian War. He volunteered for the Garde Nationale de la Seine, Nov 1870 - Feb 1871 and returned to England after the lifting of the siege in 1871. 

 Travels Of A Naval Officer Volume 3: Gurner, V G

Another album of photographs belonging to Rear-Admiral Victor Gallafent Gurner mainly features Royal Navy ships, including several cruisers and battleships, during the period c 1890-1920. The ships are, with one or two exceptions, depicted in home waters, including Spithead and Devonport. The album also…

 Travels Of A Naval Officer Volume 4 (Part 2): Gurner, V G

The second of three selections of photographs from the fourth volume belonging to Rear-Admiral Victor Gallafent Gurner features views of pleasure boating in Norfolk, including the Broads, showing the River Bure, Wroxham, Langley Priory, Hickling Broad and Terrington St Peter, prior to the First World…

 Travels Of A Naval Officer Volume 4 (Part 3): Gurner, V G

The last of three selections of photographs from the fourth volume belonging to Rear-Admiral Victor Gallafent Gurner features a wide variety of photography relevant to Gurner’s career and travels prior to World War One. These include naval photography, not least Gurner’s command, HMS Philomel, c 1909…

 Trenches Of The German Eastern Front

A collection of photos showing trenches on the German Eastern Front in World War One taken in Russia, Hungary and Romania, many captioned in German including soldiers in the trenches, relaxing, training and during battle, details of trench structures and interiors, encampments and fortifications, graves,…

 World War One Posters

In 2006, King's College purchased a collection of colour propaganda posters from the Moravian Church of North America. The posters were collected by the Reverend Kenneth G Hamilton (1892-1975), while working as a YMCA chaplain during World War One, and at some stage were placed with the Moravian Church. The…

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