'Lowering 15 inch Shells Into Magazine', c 1916.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of sailors loading shells into HMS Elizabeth's magazine, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1916. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Britain Prepared', prepared by Charles Urban (1867-1942) under the patronage of King George V and Queen Mary. Launched in 1915 the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth was the first of a class of five formidable warships. The first battleship to mount 15 inch guns she was also the fastest built at the time, and the first to use oil for fuel. She supported the Galipoli landings in 1915, before serving as flagship for the Grand Fleet between 1916 and 1918. The Queen Elizabeth went on to serve in World War Two. The American Charles Urban was an influential figure in early British cinematography. He developed his own projection system, the Bioscope, in 1896. 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 (