Hunt on to trace mys­tery woman in gold locket

The Oban Times - - News -

THE great-nephew of a Cana­dian First World War sol­dier is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion to help iden­tify a mys­tery woman who may be from Oban.

Ralph Reid is look­ing to find the iden­tity of a woman pho­tographed in a locket be­long­ing to his great-un­cle, Royal Newfoundland Reg­i­ment Sergeant Charles Reid, who was lost in the Bat­tle of the Somme at Beau­mont Hamel on July 1, 1916.

He hopes to find out who she was be­fore the cen­te­nary of his great-un­cle’s death. The locket, made of rose gold, is be­lieved to have been bought from J M McGil­vray and Son Jew­ellers in Oban and fea­tures a photo of Sergeant Reid as well as the one of the mys­tery woman. The woman is pre­sumed to have been Sergeant Reid’s sweet­heart, and may well have been from Oban, where he could have met her dur­ing train­ing in Scot­land. But there are no sales records avail­able as far back as 1916.

Mr Reid took the locket to Pat Thomp­son, owner of Di­a­mond De­signs, a jew­eller in St John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador to find out more in­for­ma­tion about it.

Mr Thomp­son said: ‘We do an aw­ful lot of ap­praisals and, of course, it im­me­di­ately struck me, be­ing a big fan of his­tory. I im­me­di­ately be­gan to quiz Ralph about the locket.’

Mr Reid said: ‘A woman came from Scot­land to visit my grand­par­ents and great-grand­par­ents.

‘We don’t know if it is the woman or who she may be.’

Speak­ing of the mys­tery woman, Mr Thomp­son added: ‘She would never have known what hap­pened to him as the fam­ily had no re­la­tion­ship with this lady.’

The mys­tery woman.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.