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"Our Little Contemptibles, 1914: A Glimpse into the Great War" Step back in time to the year 1914

Background imageGreat War Collection: Recruitment Poster 'Remember Scarborough! Enlist Now', pub

Recruitment Poster "Remember Scarborough! Enlist Now", pub
3025356 Recruitment Poster " Remember Scarborough! Enlist Now", pub. 1914 (colour lithograph) by Kemp-Welch, Edith (1869-1941); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGreat War Collection: Sleeping quarters for the members of the First World War Womens Land Army at Tregavethan Farm

Sleeping quarters for the members of the First World War Womens Land Army at Tregavethan Farm, Truro, Cornwall. 1917
The sleeping quarters for the Womens Land Army at Tregavethan Farm training centre. Rules and a time-table are pinned to the wall above the wash-stand. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916 Mary Spring Rice and Molly

Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916 Mary Spring Rice and Molly Childers on the yacht Asgard bring guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers, July 1914

Background imageGreat War Collection: Members of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. Autumn 1917

Members of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. Autumn 1917
Three members of the Womens Land Army using tall ladders to pick apples. One is on the ground filling baskets. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Members of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. July 1917

Members of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. July 1917
Four members of the Womens Land Army lying in a field against a small hay stack. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Nurses at Royal Naval Hospital, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 18th January 1916

Nurses at Royal Naval Hospital, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 18th January 1916
Eight Red Cross nurses posed on a ladder, probably at the time of the opening of the hospital on 18th January 1916. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Our Little Contemptibles, 1914 (oil on canvas)

Our Little Contemptibles, 1914 (oil on canvas)
2975397 Our A Little ContemptiblesA, 1914 (oil on canvas) by Wollen, William Barnes (1857-1936); National Army Museum, London; (add.info.: Composed of regular soldiers and reservists)

Background imageGreat War Collection: Members of the First World War Womens Land Army playing leap frog. Tregavethan Farm, Truro, Cornwall

Members of the First World War Womens Land Army playing leap frog. Tregavethan Farm, Truro, Cornwall
A group of the Womens Land Army members playing leapfrog after their efficiency test, pictured at their training centre at Tregavethan Farm. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Corporal Thomas Edward Rendle, VC. Probably 1915

Corporal Thomas Edward Rendle, VC. Probably 1915
Thomas Rendle (born Bedminster, Bristol on the 14th December 1884) with a dog, wearing his Victoria Cross medal. At the time of his award he was a bandsman in the 1st Battalion

Background imageGreat War Collection: Russian Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 22nd September 1915

Russian Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 22nd September 1915
Two ladies collecting at the top of Lemon Street, by the Barrack Lane turning, for Russian Flag Day. A man sits on a motorbike. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Recruitment Campaign 'Teamwork Builds Ships', pub. 1917 (colour lithograph)

Recruitment Campaign "Teamwork Builds Ships", pub. 1917 (colour lithograph)
3239932 Recruitment Campaign " Teamwork Builds Ships", pub. 1917 (colour lithograph) by Stevens, William Dodge (1870-1942); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American

Background imageGreat War Collection: DCLI, Norway Inn, Perranarworthal, Cornwall. 2nd July 1915

DCLI, Norway Inn, Perranarworthal, Cornwall. 2nd July 1915
Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry taking refreshments at Norway Inn during a recruiting march. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Lady and soldier on Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 18th October 1916

Lady and soldier on Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 18th October 1916
Collecting day for " Our Lady". The soldier is a sergeant in the 14th (County of London) Battalion, London Scottish Regiment

Background imageGreat War Collection: Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The

Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The
" Come Lad, Slip Across and Help", recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London, 1915 (colour litho)

Background imageGreat War Collection: Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, three distinctive mountain peaks in the Sexten

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, three distinctive mountain peaks in the Sexten Dolomites seen from WW1 cave shelter, South Tyrol, Italy, October 2019

Background imageGreat War Collection: Member of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. Around 1917

Member of the First World War Womens Land Army. Cornwall. Around 1917
Member of the Womens Land Army, identified as Ms. Cousens, pictured with milking pail and stool. The womans uniform consists of boots, gaiters, felt hats and pale fabric overalls

Background imageGreat War Collection: Interior of Tregavethan Farm dairy, Truro, Cornwall. July 1914

Interior of Tregavethan Farm dairy, Truro, Cornwall. July 1914
The image shows the cool room, with full milk pans on slate work surfaces, a wooden central table with freshly made butter and eggs placed by the window

Background imageGreat War Collection: City Hall, Truro, Cornwall. 1918 or early 1920s

City Hall, Truro, Cornwall. 1918 or early 1920s
Soldiers (viewed from the rear) outside City Hall, at the end of the First World War or early 1920s. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, Cornwall. 1915-1916

Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, Cornwall. 1915-1916
Nurses and other staff posed by entrance steps. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Horse drawn ambulance, Truro, Cornwall. 1918

Horse drawn ambulance, Truro, Cornwall. 1918
Wounded soldiers in a horse drawn ambulance probably in the grounds of the Auxiliary Naval Hospital or possibly the end of First World War celebrations at Ladock

Background imageGreat War Collection: DCLI Recruiting march, Ruan Minor, Cornwall. 29th June 1915

DCLI Recruiting march, Ruan Minor, Cornwall. 29th June 1915
3rd Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry recruiting march during the First World War, in which they met a contingent of the Devon & Gloucesters. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Mrs Morse (left) with Lady Falmouth lecturing on the Cornwall Work Auxiliary

Mrs Morse (left) with Lady Falmouth lecturing on the Cornwall Work Auxiliary (part of the Red Cross), Truro. April 1917
The tour opened in Penzance on 14 April 1917 but the photograph was presumably taken later in the month at Truro. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: Concord. The Triple Entente, 1914. Creator: Anonymous

Concord. The Triple Entente, 1914. Creator: Anonymous
Concord. The Triple Entente, 1914. Found in the Collection of Russian State Historical Library, Moscow

Background imageGreat War Collection: Victory Bonds will help stop this. Kultur vs. Humanity, 1918

Victory Bonds will help stop this. Kultur vs. Humanity, 1918
Victory Bonds will help stop this. Kultur vs. Humanity, published 1918 (colour lithograph). This refers to the sinking of the Red Cross transport ship Llandoverty Castle

Background imageGreat War Collection: The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes

The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes
779899 The Jackdaw of Rheims, the Cardinals Ring, and the Borrowed Plumes, illustration from The Kaisers Garland by Edmund J. Sullivan, pub

Background imageGreat War Collection: Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg

Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg
1581605 Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg during the Third Battle of Ypres, 5th October 1917 (b/w photo) by Brooks

Background imageGreat War Collection: Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where

Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where she named four of the aeroplanes furnished by the Overseas Club to the Royal Flying Corps. July 3rd, 1915

Background imageGreat War Collection: First World War surveillance kite

First World War surveillance kite. US soldier being lifted up by a surveillance kite during the First World War (1914-1918)

Background imageGreat War Collection: British 18-pounder field guns in action on the Western Front, 1914-18 (b / w photo)

British 18-pounder field guns in action on the Western Front, 1914-18 (b / w photo)
700999 British 18-pounder field guns in action on the Western Front, 1914-18 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures; English, out of copyright

Background imageGreat War Collection: Knowledge Wins, 1914-18 (colour litho)

Knowledge Wins, 1914-18 (colour litho)
1768769 Knowledge Wins, 1914-18 (colour litho) by Smith, Dan (1865-1934); 72x49 cm; Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; eNewberry Library; American, out of copyright

Background imageGreat War Collection: Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised

Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised
STC413345 Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised (litho) by Valda, John Harris (d.1941); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGreat War Collection: HMS Dreadnought, 1906-21 (b / w photo)

HMS Dreadnought, 1906-21 (b / w photo)
700911 HMS Dreadnought, 1906-21 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: HMS Dreadnought, built for Britains Royal Navy in 1906)

Background imageGreat War Collection: An English dispatch rider taking off during the Battle of the Marne east of Paris

An English dispatch rider taking off during the Battle of the Marne east of Paris
697601 An English dispatch rider taking off during the Battle of the Marne east of Paris, September 1914 (autochrome) by Gervais-Courtellemont, Jules (1863-1931); eGalerie Bilderwelt; French

Background imageGreat War Collection: WWI German stormtroop officer demonstrating the use of cluster grenades against tanks

WWI German stormtroop officer demonstrating the use of cluster grenades against tanks
778974 WWI German stormtroop officer demonstrating the use of cluster grenades against tanks and bunkers, 1914-18 (b/w photo) by German Photographer (20th Century)

Background imageGreat War Collection: Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho)

Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho)
700921 Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Military Pictures; German, out of copyright

Background imageGreat War Collection: Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging

Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging and the Germans were threatening vital Antwerp -one of Belgiums last lines of defense

Background imageGreat War Collection: Members of the First World War Womens Land Army riding working horses. Cornwall. Around 1917

Members of the First World War Womens Land Army riding working horses. Cornwall. Around 1917
Four members of the Womens Land Army riding two horses, two women on each horse. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageGreat War Collection: A WWI motorcycle repair shop (b / w photo)

A WWI motorcycle repair shop (b / w photo)
XJF441997 A WWI motorcycle repair shop (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageGreat War Collection: Ration Book for William Pearson, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, 1919 (print)

Ration Book for William Pearson, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, 1919 (print)
XYC281181 Ration Book for William Pearson, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, 1919 (print) by English School, (20th century); 10.4x12.3 cm; Yale Center for British Art

Background imageGreat War Collection: Peace terms. You ve got to swallow it whether you like it or not, 1919

Peace terms. You ve got to swallow it whether you like it or not, 1919
Peace terms. " You ve got to swallow it whether you like it or not", 1919. Private Collection

Background imageGreat War Collection: Reims Cathedral in flames (colour litho)

Reims Cathedral in flames (colour litho)
2795407 Reims Cathedral in flames (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Reims Cathedral in flames. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn.

Background imageGreat War Collection: Thiepval, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)

Thiepval, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC404026 Thiepval, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGreat War Collection: A rose garden, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)

A rose garden, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC404021 A rose garden, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageGreat War Collection: A shipyard, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)

A shipyard, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC404015 A shipyard, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageGreat War Collection: Underneath a ship, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)

Underneath a ship, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC404012 Underneath a ship, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageGreat War Collection: Sailors on a battleship making munitions for the army, illustration from The Western Front, pub

Sailors on a battleship making munitions for the army, illustration from The Western Front, pub
STC400494 Sailors on a battleship making munitions for the army, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone

Background imageGreat War Collection: On a battleship: gun turret, illustration from The Western Front, pub

On a battleship: gun turret, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC400485 On a battleship: gun turret, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageGreat War Collection: Oiling': a battleship taking in oil fuel at sea, illustration from The Western Front, pub

Oiling': a battleship taking in oil fuel at sea, illustration from The Western Front, pub
STC400480 Oiling': a battleship taking in oil fuel at sea, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone



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"Our Little Contemptibles, 1914: A Glimpse into the Great War" Step back in time to the year 1914, where a powerful oil on canvas painting titled "Our Little Contemptibles" captures the essence of bravery and resilience amidst chaos. This artwork serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during this tumultuous period. Recruitment Poster "Remember Scarborough. Enlist Now": A call to arms echoes through history, urging men to join the fight against an unseen enemy. The poster's message resonates with patriotic fervor, reminding us of the urgency felt by those who sought justice and protection for their homeland. Members of the First World War Women's Land Army in Cornwall: In July 1917, women stepped forward to fill vital roles traditionally held by men. Their unwavering dedication and hard work ensured that farms remained productive even in times of crisis. These brave women became symbols of strength and determination. Preparations for Easter Rising 1916: Mary Spring Rice and Molly epitomize courage as they prepare for a pivotal moment in Irish history. Their actions would forever change Ireland's destiny, highlighting how individuals can shape nations when driven by conviction. Nurses at Royal Naval Hospital Truro: January 18th, 1916 witnessed selfless acts of compassion within these hospital walls. Nurses tended to wounded soldiers with unwavering care and tenderness despite witnessing unimaginable horrors daily. They were beacons of hope amid darkness. Recruitment Campaign "Teamwork Builds Ships": In 1917, colorful lithographs adorned recruitment posters across towns and cities nationwide. The campaign aimed to inspire unity among citizens while emphasizing their crucial role in building ships that would defend our shores—a testament to collective effort during wartime. Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen - Majestic Peaks Amidst Chaos: Amidst war-torn landscapes stood three distinctive mountain peaks, Tre Cime di Lavaredo.