An entry to Sepia Saturday "Using old images as prompts for new reflections"
The face of an ordinary soldier killed in the Great War at the Battle of the Somme for this week's Sepia Saturday is one of loss but my choice of images is a different kind of loss, that of a life story.
On the back of the photograph is a question "Did I send you one of these before?" Well I only have one so maybe he hadn't. A name has been added on the back - Henry Taylor, Royal Artillery. It was amongst my Grandmothers stash but I have no idea of the connection. To find a member of the Royal Artillery from WW1 is like a needle in a haystack, each town in the country had an artillery unit. I can surmise he could be from Westmorland or abutting Lancashire area from the family connection, but I don't know what section he was from Royal Field, Royal Garrison or Royal Horse Artillery. Maybe the indistinct lapel badges will give clues with further research.
|The 'Grey Battery' at St Omer, May 1917|
The name written on the back of the card was in my father's handwriting so I had to check that uniform just to make sure it was WW1 and from my Grandmother's collection. Was the name Henry Taylor familiar, I know he had a scouting friend called Wilf Taylor so I turned to something I inherited from my paternal Grandparents a bound collection of the weekly "The War Illustrated" -