Thursday, 7 April 2011

Image of the Day - 7th April 2011

Another of our semi-regular "mystery" photos today.

This one comes from my own collection, and was purchased from a postcard dealer for £1.

(Click the image for a larger version)

As you can see there isn't a lot of information on this postcard. It was taken by a J Cook, at 65 King Street in Kilmarnock. The man in the picture is wearing shoulder title badges but they aren't particularly clear.

The back of the postcard doesn't provide much more in the way of clues. The only thing written on it is the date 14th November 1918 - a check of the Scottish National War Memorial site using that day brings no results, but that isn't conclusive - perhaps this man isn't Scottish? Frustratingly the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site is only searchable by year - trying to search using just 1918 causes the search engine to have a spasm and stop working entirely.

Of course, we're assuming that it's a date of death - perhaps it was the date the photo was taken? Would that indicate this man survived the war? Perhaps this was taken on his return home?

Perhaps we will never know the identity of this soldier. If anyone can provide any suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.

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