A collection of photographs depicting the Indian Army in the First World War called Girwood Collection that was held by the British Library in London has now been digitized and made available on Wikimedia Commons.
Digitized Girdwood Collection
According to Wikimedia Commons, these photographs were shot by Charles Hilton DeWitt Girdwood, when the Indian Army went on expedition to France in July-September 1915. Although he was not allowed to follow the troops into France to film them, he was later allowed to photograph the aftermath of the air raids and the Indian military hospitals in Bournemouth and Brighton. The collection consists of about 350 images, which date back to 1915.
The collection was donated by J.W. Hose, a senior official at the India Office, in 1922 and the collection has been digitised as part of the Europeana 1914-1918 program from the images in Photo(24) at the British Library, obtained from the India Office Library when it was dissolved in the 1980s.
British Library’s page on Wikimedia Commons states that several of the front line photos from this collection were faked but were described and distributed as authentic, and was continued to be circulated for several years after the war.
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