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First World War Collection

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915

Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915
First contingent of GWR Regimental company of Railway Troops R.E headed by a Highland Band, June 18th 1915

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Mess room of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915

Mess room of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. It was equipped with patient beds, a pharmacy and treatment rooms

Background imageFirst World War Collection: No. 16 ambulance train ward carriage, April 1915

No. 16 ambulance train ward carriage, April 1915
Built at Swindon Works in 1915 and paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. The ward carriages had a three tier folding bunk system that allowed patients to be either sat up or lying

Background imageFirst World War Collection: SS Africa at Tilbury Docks, September 1915

SS Africa at Tilbury Docks, September 1915
A British cargo ship used to transport GWR built ambulance carriages to France during WW1. It was sunk on 16th September 1915 by a German mine off the coast of Kent

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919

Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919
A shot capturing the last servicemen to be offered refreshments at the Soldiers and Sailors Free Buffet at Paddington Station on 28th June 1919

Background imageFirst World War Collection: No. 16 Ambulance train at Rushy Platt, Swindon 1915

No. 16 Ambulance train at Rushy Platt, Swindon 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. It was equipped with patient beds, a pharmacy and treatment rooms

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Female stewardess, 1917

Female stewardess, 1917
A Dining Car Waitress in her crisp white apron stands in the doorway of dining car No. 9546 on Platform 2, Paddington Station in 1917

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Pharmacy car of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915

Pharmacy car of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. It was equipped with patient beds, a pharmacy and treatment rooms

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Wartime recruiting posters at Paddington Station, 1915

Wartime recruiting posters at Paddington Station, 1915
Recruiting posters were a popular way of encouraging men to enlist. Millions of posters were produced and displayed up and down the country during the war

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Female Clerks at Swindon Works, 1916

Female Clerks at Swindon Works, 1916
This image of female clerks was taken in May 1916, just 10 years after women were first employed in clerical positions within the GWR

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Female Refreshment Attendant, c. 1918

Female Refreshment Attendant, c. 1918
A member of Refreshment Department staff is photographed manning the platform trolley at Paddington Station circa 1918. Photographs such as this

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Kitchen Car of No. 16 Ambulance train, April 1915

Kitchen Car of No. 16 Ambulance train, April 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association - A plaque can be seen on the door denoting the gift by the association

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Female Ticket Collector, c. 1918

Female Ticket Collector, c. 1918
A lone female ticket inspector stands inside an unidentified station punching a hole in the ticket she is checking. As the war progressed and more and more men went to fight

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Retired staff returning to work at Didcot Station, 1917

Retired staff returning to work at Didcot Station, 1917
These retired members of staff returned to work during the First World War to help out where there was a shortage of men. They are (L-R) James Stock, David Ireland and George Wilks

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Wartime ambulance carriage in No 19 (C) Shop, 1915

Wartime ambulance carriage in No 19 (C) Shop, 1915
This image shows carriage No. 9024, an ex-invalid coach, suspended in the Carriage Lifting Shop at Swindon Works. The date is March 1915


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