Andrew Davidson, author of Fred's War, talks about the Cameronian images which provide a counterpart to Der Krieg.
Fred’s War Exhibition
28 April – 29 June, Rooftop Foyer
Fred Davidson was a doctor and amateur photographer who accompanied the 1st Cameronians, part of the British Expeditionary Force, toFrancein August 1914 at the start of World War One. These photographs, shot by Davidson and fellow officers in the first eight months of the war, are drawn from his albums. They form a rare account of the early fighting, when cameras were banned and picture takers struggled with the reality of what they were witnessing and what they might show.
The Cameronians, a Scottish regiment drawn fromGlasgowand surrounding areas, had a long history of taking photographs, stretching back almost to the invention of the camera. The development of smaller, folding 'Vest Pocket' cameras by Kodak and Ansco had further popularised photography, and many soldiers were keen to document their involvement in what they thought would be a short war.
Davidson became one of the first doctors to win the Military Cross in World War One. He was later wounded and shipped back to hospital in Folkestone, where he took photographs of the nurse who would later become his wife. After the war he left the Army to run a GP practice in Camberley,Surrey, but he kept three albums of photographs, documenting his time with the 1st Cameronians.
The photographs have been chosen by writer Andrew Davidson, whose book Fred's War tells the story of his grandfather and the albums.
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