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War & Decline

The First World War - Frederic Gibbs Collection

World War I photograph, Western Front, France (43)

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Black and white photograph of two British soldiers, one cutting the other's hair. Army regulations stated that hair must be kept short, but a shaved head was an advantage when lice was such a common problem.

 

This photograph is one of a collection of 71 taken or collected by Frederic Gerald Gibbs (1888 - 1940). Gibbs was a professional photographer in Annan who joined the Royal Engineers in 1916. He was sent to the Western Front and spent two years there until he was injured just a few days before the end of the war. He survived and brought home these images which were found by his daughter after his death.

Place of Production:
France
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
height 152mm, width 205mm
Source:
Annan Museum
Accession number:
ANNMUS:450.44
Digital Number:
HRPG054n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council