For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.
A portrait of "Jim", an Airedale terrier who was trained for coastguard duties at Birchington, Kent. The dog gave warning of the approach of the first Zeppelin that raided the Kentish coast. The photograph shows Jim on duty on the cliffs of the north Kent coast. WWI