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Five British soldiers standing in the snow outside a building with the sign, ‘Div[isiona]l Baths’ . Probably these soldiers were on a rest period away from the Front where the baths were built, sometimes in disused breweries. Often men had only two or three baths in a month and were a luxury after life in the trenches. Because of the conditions of The Line the soldiers were not only dirty and smelly but usually covered in lice which were a constant irritation and could carry Trench Fever.

Original reads: ‘Snow at the front. Feeling fit after the bath.’


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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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