Can you solve mystery of First World War soldier's family photograph? (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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History project appeals for information about postcard taken in Bradford
A World War One history project is appealing to people who recognise this poignant photograph of a Bradford soldier and his young family to get in touch.
The Army Children of the First World War project has been established by The Army Children Archive (TACA) as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums.
The project aims to create an instantly-accessible point for people of all ages and nationalities to learn more about how the war affected soldiers’ children.
Now, a photograph which is believed to be from Bradford has been added to the project’s ‘Faces and Families’ set. It features a soldier alongside a woman and two young children. A spokesman for the project said printed on the back of the damaged postcard were the details of the photography studio that produced it – FRED based at 72 Horton Lane, Bradford, and 15 New Briggate, Leeds.
The name D Nunwick and address 230 Manningham Lane are also handwritten on the back of the postcard.
The spokesman added: “On checking the FreeBMD website, there is a marriage between a Thomas Clifford Nunwick and Daisy Jones listed as having taken place in the June quarter of 1910 in Bradford.
“The website also has a record of the birth of Elsie Nunwick, whose mother’s surname was Jones, as having been registered in the September quarter of 1911.
“It is possible that these are the parents and their daughter pictured here. There are no badges visible on the children’s soldier father’s uniform to tell us anything about the unit in which he served.”
TACA collects, preserves and shares online information about the history of British army children and the challenges and peculiarities of growing up as the child of a regular soldier in the British Army, from the 17th century to today.
It highlights the plight of army children of the First World War primarily using two online galleries of images on Flickr. They are ‘The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families’, and ‘The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View’.
The First World War Centenary Partnership is organising – 100 years on from the start of the war – a global programme of events and activities to inspire young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.
If you can help identify the family, contact Clare Gibson via archhistory.co.uk. The photograph can be viewed at bit.ly/Faces24a.