Lest We Forget

You might know that I have a small collection of First World War postcards, here are photo postcards of three Scottish soldiers. The cards were all published in Glasgow, I often wonder what happened to them.

Photographers must have done a roaring trade. Most people probably didn’t get their photo taken much but obviously men in the forces wanted to have a photo of themselves in uniform, or maybe their wives and mothers wanted the photos taken, just in case they didn’t come home. They’re always sad, especially if they are smiling I think.

Soldier 1

Soldier 2

Soldier 3

11 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

  1. Hi Katrina,
    I have a photo of my father’s father in his World War I uniform. He served in Paris, actually, and was involved in the stocking and supplies of foodstuffs and other non-munition gear for the front. He was drafted, I’ve discovered through research, and had been employed as a renowned pitcher for several Minor League baseball teams in New England. But he never saw any action at the front.

    Judith

    • Judith,
      Your father was really lucky then. I hope you make sure that your photo of him has his name and information on the back, put it on an army website if you haven’t aready done so. Here the sports teams would have been interested in a copy of a photo of him too, they like to have info for posterity.

      My grandfather was there, one of the youngsters who lied about his age, he did survive but suffered from ill health from being gassed. I don’t have a photo of him though, I’m told that things like that got lost in the chaos of the next war!

      • Katrina,
        Do you by any chance happen to know when and where your grandfather underwent a gas attack during battle?
        Also, considering his health complications, was he able to carry on an occupation after the war?
        And here I go with the questions. I can only apologize by saying I’m really interested. Did your father [or mother, if a maternal grandfather] ever speak about how the war affected him in later life?

        I will try to dig up that photo. Unfortunately, I don’t have photo-scanning software. But maybe I should.

        Judith

        • Judith,
          Sadly as I’m the youngest of the family he died when I was only 2 but I believe he was at the Somme. He always suffered from stomach problems which he put down to being gassed but he did work after the war as a boiler-maker in a shipyard. I believe he was a fairly heavy drinker, at the weekend anyway. I’ll have to ask older siblings for more details.
          His eldest son was so determined not to be in the army in WW2 – after hearing about the trenches from his father – that he joined the RAF. That turned out to be a mistake!

          • Oh, Katrina, his eldest son must have been your uncle, am I right? I don’t want to intrude on personal aspects of your family’s history, not at all, but did your uncle experience a very bad time in the RAF. Please don’t feel that you have to answer. I will understand.

            Judith

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