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.


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.


On this day: a Thanksgiving dinner at the Marine Barracks

US Thanksgiving Day fell on the 28th of November in 1918. The Marine Barracks at Fort Mifflin hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that evening.

This is the menu for the dinner, which included oyster soup, dressing and crackers, minced pie, creamed corn, and cigarettes and cigars on offer at the end. On either side of the menu are the names of the Marines at the barracks.



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


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.