'The Last Drop, scene on the Battlefield at Dordrecht, South Africa', 1899.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A British soldier gives a drink from his water bottle to a wounded comrade after an engagement at Dordrecht on December 30th 1899, when they were cut off by the Boer forces. One of a boxed set of stereoscope photographs which was produced for sale to the general public by a profesional firm of photographers, Underwood and Underwood. The Second Boer War (1899-1902) was the first war to be covered comprehensively by both film and still photography. This was the result of improved technology in both photographic equipment and printing techniques; cameras were more portable and magazines started to reproduce half-tone photographs.