VAD Nurses in Sutton

This week marks 100 years since the execution by a German firing squad of Edith Louisa Cavell, a British Red Cross Nurse who worked in German occupied Belgium during World War One. Cavell is celebrated for having treated soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping around 200 Allied soldiers escape from German occupied Belgium; an action for which for…

Keeping up Appearances on the Home Front

For the fashion-conscious Edwardian and post-Edwardian lady there could be no better opportunity to showcase one’s wardrobe than in a professional photographic portrait. The Knights-Whittome collection is rich with female portraits, it is the largest single category group that we have encountered so far in the digitisation process. Among these images we have a large…

Lieutenant Stanley Michael Gashion, 1st Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment

Today’s post looks at another World War One soldier who was featured in the ‘Great War Stories’ exhibition. In contrast to other soldiers we have featured, Stanley Gashion was photographed by David Knights-Whittome as a seven year old child along with his siblings Margaret and Anthony. Rather than starting with a photographic image of a soldier in…

Edwardian baby portraits fit for a Princess

As we await the first official royal baby photographs we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the recently scanned ‘official’ baby portraits from the Past on Glass project.  In his role as ‘Photographer to the King’ David Knights-Whittome was never called upon to take an official Royal baby photograph but looking…

The Man Behind the Lens

So far, the focus of these blog posts has been on either the sitters depicted in the glass plates, or upon the physical process of digitising and researching the collection. Little has been said about the photographer himself.  David Knights-Whittome was a talented, self-taught (we assume) photographer who worked in the local area for a period spanning…