Centenary of WW1 commemorated in technicolour

As we approach the milestone Remembrance Day, 100 years after the end of the Great War, professional colouriser, Tom Marshall, has uncovered an incredible portfolio of original photographs from WW1, reproduced in full colour and constituting a profound historical record of events.


Tom says on his website: “I began colourising black and white photos professionally in 2014, coinciding with the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914. Around the world there was a renewed interest in a war that had not been fresh in the public memory for many years.

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, I have decided to collate 100 images I’ve colourised in tribute to the men and women who lived through the war, and those who lost their lives. I have chosen to include men and women of several nationalities, races and religions, as the entire world was affected by the war, and I hope the photos will show an insight into the lesser known stories and events.

Some of the images you may be familiar with, but many have never been published before.

I would especially like to thank my loyal clients and friends who have given me permission to include their personal family photos in this collection as they are by far the most touching images, and they are the most satisfying to ‘bring to life’ in colour.

Please consider making a donation to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, or to a local memorial appeal in your home country.

Lest we forget”.

Greeting card featuring ‘In Flanders Field’ poetry by John McCrae, by Nikolyn McDonald