Keepsakes of the Lost Generation: Never-seen-before pictures show First World War soldiers on their way to the front and the worried loved ones they were leaving behind (26 Pics)

  • The unique pictures, taken mostly between 1914-1915, give a glimpse of fresh-faced soldiers and their families
  • The 100-year-old photographs discovered by volunteers at Doncaster 1914-18 as part of a four-year project 
  • Photos have now been catalogued and some will go on display as part of exhibition 'Stories from the Studio'
Among the stories of those who did not return from war is that of Private John Glasbey (left), seen with his wife, Mabel (right), and their daughter. The couple had married in 1911 and he died at Passchendaele, Belgium, six years later
Another picture shows an old man, indexed only as Mr D Haley, pulling a 'gurning' expression of the sort popular at the time while saluting to the camera during the First World War
In another remarkable picture a little boy dressed in an officer's uniform salutes to the camera. The 100-year-old photographs were discovered by four volunteers at Doncaster 1914-18- Carol Hall, Ruth Scott-Chambers, Jean Walker and Jill Tomlinson and tell a remarkable story of the lives of those in wartime Britain
A newlywed couple stand outside thier home during the global war famously described as 'the war to end all wars'. The war began following the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand by South Slav nationalist Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914
A pendant that shows the face of a loved one at war is seen on the necklace of one young woman as she smiles for the camera. The 100-year-old photographs were discovered by volunteers Carol Hall, Ruth Scott-Chambers, Jean Walker and Jill Tomlinson at Doncaster 1914-18
A nurse candidly looks into the distance in another astonishing glimpse into the First World War. The volunteers who discovered the photographs had spent more than 400 hours scanning the images fresh from their original glass-plate negatives then discovering the stories behind each one
Two women belonging to the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) seen standing in uniform before a camera in this wartime photo
Three men from The Salvation Army seen with their trumpets. During the war members of the The Salvation Army provided motor ambulances, refreshment huts in military camps, and parcels of food and clothing for combatants. Some officers would also serve as chaplains
A woman wearing a H.M.S Vindex cap sits in front of a camera before being sent to war. H.M.S Vindex was a Royal Navy seaplane carrier during the First World War that mainly operated in the North Sea
Among the never-seen-before wartime photos was one of two young officers from H.M.S Bellerophon. The lead ship was built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century
A young woman in uniform for the Royal Navy Division sits on a chair in another photo unearthed by the volunteers at Doncaster 1914-18. It was formed at the outbreak of the war and in 1916, following many losses was transferred to the British Army as the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division
Two young men from the shore establishment H.M.S Ganges sit for a photo in another haunting wartime photo. HMS Ganges was a boys' training establishment that was  based alternately in Falmouth, Harwich and Shotley 
Volunteer at Doncaster 1914-18 Carol Hall said that she and the other volunteers had thought there would only be a few hundred pictures when they were looking for wartime images in the Bagshaw Collection. Much to their surprise they ended up scanning more than one thousand over the past year
Vicky Siviter, Digital Project Officer for Doncaster 1914-18, said: 'Many of the photos were taken in 1914 and 1915 and the soldiers who posed for them wouldn't have known what conditions they were going into'
A family pose with their dog in this never-been-seen before wartime photo. The treasured picture provide an astonishing glimpse into the private lives of fresh-faced young soldiers from more than a century ago
The First World War opened new opportunities into the world of work for women and many were recruited into jobs vacated formerly reserved for men
The Doncater 1914-18 project encourages people from Doncaster and those with connections to the area to research and share their own First World War stories. The four-year-project is supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to mark the centenary of the First World War
The never-been- seen photos have now been catalogued and some will go on display as part of an exhibition at Cusworth Hall called 'Stories from the Studio' 
The project discovered 1058 images from the First World War, hidden within a much-larger collection of 14,000 glass-plate negatives from Doncaster’s Bagshaw & Son studio, taken between 1897 and 1944
Vicky Siviter, Digital Project Officer for Doncaster 1914-18, said: 'Stories from the Studio is not just an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War, it’s a tribute to volunteers like Carol Hall, Ruth Scott-Chambers, Jean Walker and Jill Tomlinson, who have given so much time, energy and care to the Doncaster 1914-18 project over the past four years. A fitting finale.'
Among the treasured pictures only recently discovered is one of an officer sat on a horse more than 100 years ago. The four-year-project was supported with a grant of more than £900,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 
Another incredible photo to be revealed in the free exhibition at Cusworth Hall will be show this officer dressed in uniform during Britain's war effort
An officer points his rifle at a sand bag while preparing for battle during the First World War in another unseen photograph uncovered by Doncaster 1914-18
Another pictures shows two young men on a bike before they trooped off to war. The picture tells a story of hope and innocence before the soldiers were sent to the horrors of the war
Luke Bagshaw was the professional photographer whose town centre studio in St Sepulchre Gate was where those who could afford to, went to create keepsakes for their families
Although Mr Bagshaw's shop closed in the 1960s he had indexed his pictures for future historians and more than a century later they have been found
Keepsakes of the Lost Generation: Never-seen-before pictures show First World War soldiers on their way to the front and the worried loved ones they were leaving behind (26 Pics) Keepsakes of the Lost Generation: Never-seen-before pictures show First World War soldiers on their way to the front and the worried loved ones they were leaving behind (26 Pics) Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:58 Rating: 5

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