Soldiers eating, c 1915.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of British soldiers eating their rations, taken by an unknown photographer in France in about 1915 during World War One. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Britain Prepared', assembled by Charles Urban (1867-1942). An American, Charles Urban was an influential figure in early British cinematography. Ater moving to England in 1897 he began to make his own films, establishing a strong reputation for producing documentary, travel and news films. Together with George Albert Smith (1864-1959), Urban developed Kinemacolor in 1908. This was the first successful natural colour motion picture system. During World War One Urban produced propaganda films, including the documentaries 'Britain Prepared' in 1915 and 'The Battle of the Somme' in 1916.