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A wounded man being transported by light railway. He is lying on a stretcher placed across an open-sided trolley or cart that runs along the tracks. He has been covered with a blanket and is being pushed along by three men. An army chaplain is walking alongside and probably trying to comfort him. Padre comes from the Latin ‘pater’ for ‘father’, a Roman Catholic term for priest that became common usage in the British Army during WW1 for any ordained cleric. Army padres or chaplains were present at the Front throughout the war where, apart from their religious and spiritual role they also performed a number of non-religious functions including counsellor and confidante.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. A padre having a few cheery words with a wounded man whilst he is brought in on a light railway.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74547142

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About Everett Sharp

Everett Sharp is a subject expert on the World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings project. He has worked for the University of Oxford on a series of other First World War Projects including the Great War Archive and First World War Poetry Digital Archive. He is also currently working for the Europeana 1914-1918 initiative with the Oxford. His retirement in 2009 didn't go quite according to plan!
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