Thoughts of Home

Thoughts of Home

Found this image the other morning while browsing through Flickr commons. For some reason (maybe influenced by the recent State of the Union address?), it has really stuck with me.

This rather evocative photograph shows a single British soldier sitting on a wheelbarrow, apparently lost in his thoughts, while horse transports move along the road behind him. For the ordinary soldier, moments of solitude would have been few and far between. The sentimentality of the original caption and the anonymity of the profiled head, suggest that this photograph may have been intended for consumption on the Home Front. In reality, as many first-hand accounts show, home often seemed an unreal dream to men at the Front.

[Original reads: 'Thoughts of home.']

From the National Library of Scotland Digital Archives