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African priest, Western Front. This photograph shows a black priest, wearing what seem to be Church of England vestments over army uniform. He is standing in a camp of wooden huts. This is likely to be one of the segregated Labour Camps, probably of the South African Native Labour Contingent (SANLC). Some of these were near the ports such as Dieppe and Rouen, others were further inland such as those at Abbeville, Albert and Arras. This may be one of a series, some of which have been attributed to the photographer John Warwick Brooke. They must all have been taken after February 1917, when the Labour Camps were established on the Western Front. [Original reads: ‘The native parson.’]

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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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