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H.M. conferring the honour of knighthood on Lieut General Fanshaw

H.M. conferring the honour of knighthood on Lieut General Fanshaw

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Lieutenant General Fanshaw receiving a knighthood, during World War I. In the centre of the photograph the King is standing with four officers who are arranged in a semi-circle behind him. He is holding a raised sword which is resting on another soldier's shoulder. This soldier is resting one knee on top of a flimsy, little stool. There is a marquee pole in the middle of this scene and the sloping roof of the white tent can be seen. The tent is open down the left of the photograph and so guy ropes and poles can be seen all along this side. Behind this scene there is a queue of more soldiers in uniform all standing quite smartly presumably waiting their turn. It is thought that this ceremonial photograph was taken by John Warwick Brooke...Although knighthoods started out as a definition of status in the middle ages and denoted a member of the army, today it is awarded to acknowledge merit or honour...[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. H.M. conferring the honour of knighthood on Lieut. General Fanshaw.']..digital.nls.uk/74547170 ( http://digital.nls.uk/74547170 )

The House of Windsor is the royal house of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Founded by Ernest Anton, the sixth duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, it is the royal house of several European monarchies, and branches currently reign in Belgium through the descendants of Leopold I, and in the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms through the descendants of Prince Albert. It succeeded the House of Hanover as monarchs in the British Empire following the death of Queen Victoria. The name was changed from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor in 1917 because of anti-German sentiment in the British Empire during World War I. Windsors were originally a branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha that have provided five British monarchs to date, including four kings and the present queen, Elizabeth II. The name had a long association with the monarchy in Britain.

World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. World War I Images From National Library of Schotland. These photographs form part of the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928), held by the National Library of Scotland. More information is available from the Library's Digital Archive. Like many World War I generals, Haig remains a controversial figure. The collection contains diaries, papers and photographs from every part of Haig’s career, the Great War diaries being of special importance to historians. Photographs in the "Official Photographs" series (which were destined for publication and have captions on the back describing the image) are in black-and-white. World War I saw the development of a system of 'official’ reporting by professionals especially recruited into the forces. Initially reluctant to allow cameras near the fighting, it took some time for the authorities to appreciate the propaganda and recording potential of photography. These photographs provide us with an invaluable record of how the Government and Military wanted the war perceived. Official photographers were encouraged to record morale-boosting scenes of victory and comradeship. Despite the restrictions placed on them, official war photographers succeeded in giving the most comprehensive visual account of the war. It is important to remember that these images were propaganda; few that could depict the war in a disheartening or disconcerting way passed the censors. As a result the photograph taken was often posed. They were intended to reassure those at home and boost morale. They were printed in newspapers, and were intended to confirm that 'Tommy' was winning the war.





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