On this day: a war death at Easter

Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham, who worked on Fleet Street in London before the outbreak of the First World War. He was killed in action on the 8th of April, 1917, which was Easter Sunday. Married with two children, he was thirty-five at the time of his death.

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Rifleman_Harry_Edward_Burnham_Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham. Killed in action on Easter Sunday, 1917.

Evangeline Booth at Christmastime

Evangeline Booth, the first female “General” (international leader) of the Salvation Army, at Christmastime during the First World War. As – according to the sign – the picture was taken in the United States, it must be from 1917, as America joined the conflict one Christmas before the end of the war.

Booth, an Englishwoman who was born in Sneinton, Nottingham on Christmas Day in 1865, took the position of “General” in 1934, and held it until the end of October of 1939.

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On this day: Prisoners of War

This image, taken on the 25th of November, 1918, shows German prisoners of war working in the marble quarries of Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, France.

From the Imperial War Museum

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On this day: Canadian Thanksgiving in a warzone

Canadian troops, fighting in the Great War, hold a Thanksgiving service in the rubble of Cambrai Cathedral in France on the 13th of October, 1918. The war would be over less than a month after this photograph was taken.

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On this day: the birth of Strongheart

Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star.

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Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star in America.

Originally named Etzel von Oeringen, his owner fell into poverty at the end of the war and sent him to the United States in 1920, where he was renamed at the suggestion of a studio.

Promotional still for the 1922 film Brawn of the North, featuring Strongheart and Irene Rich

Brawn of the North

Strongheart’s film credits include 1921’s The Silent Call and 1922’s Brawn of the North.

His last film was 1927’s The Return of Boston Blackie.

Strongheart-Book-1926-FCFront cover the the 1926 book Strongheart; The Story of a Wonder Dog.

As the star of a book in 1926.

The dog was accidentally burnt by studio lights, which caused him to develop a tumour. He died in June 1929.