Veteran soldier, c 1944.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A Kodachrome colour photograph of a veteran soldier, taken by JCA Redhead (1886-1954) during World War Two. The soldier wears the scarlet dress uniform of an officer in The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, the senior line regiment of the British Army. The medals on his chest show that he is a veteran of World War One. He also proudly wears the Distinguished Service Order medal. This photograph is a Kodachrome transparency. Introduced by Kodak in 1935, Kodachrome is regarded as the first 'modern' colour photographic process. Kodachrome film was imported into Britain from the USA and was in very short supply during World War Two. As Head of Kodak Ltd's Photo Finishing department in Harrow, England, Redhead had access to supplies of this scarce colour film.