Can you name city sol­dier?

Appeal to solve a cen­tury-old mys­tery

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES WYL­LIE

A long-lost pho­to­graph of a mys­tery sol­dier could help fill in the blanks of a fam­ily tree.

The pic­ture of the man, dressed in Royal Army Med­i­cal Corps Ter­ri­to­rial Force uni­form, was dis­cov­ered by Mar­garet Rhodes, who found it in a col­lec­tion of photographs owned by her great aunt in Don­caster.

How­ever, Ms Rhodes’ rel­a­tive had never trav­elled to the Gran­ite City – spark­ing ques­tions as to how it came into her pos­ses­sion.

The only clue to the pho­to­graph’s ex­is­tence is in a stamp on the bot­tom cor­ner, which reads: “Miss F Maxwell, 187 Rose­mount Place, Aberdeen”.

Fur­ther re­search has shown that Miss Maxwell was reg­is­tered as a pho­tog­ra­pher at that ad­dress be­tween 1918 and 1925 – pre­sum­ably af­ter the end of World War I.

How­ever, no more in­for­ma­tion has been un­cov­ered which could help re­veal the sol­dier’s iden­tity.

Ms Rhodes said: “There’s noth­ing writ­ten on the other side of the post­card, and it just has the stamp as far as I can see, show­ing there’s some con­nec­tion with Aberdeen.

“My great aunts kept lots of things and I’ve be­come the keeper of all of them over the last few years as I’ve been look­ing into WWI and our fam­ily’s con­nec­tions.

“They had quite a few of sol­diers from near to them in Don­caster but this one is such a clear pho­to­graph and his face seems to tell a story.

“Some pho­tos have names or reg­i­ment and ser­vice num­ber de­tails whereas oth­ers have no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion what­so­ever.”

It is the­o­rised that the sol­dier may have trav­elled from the north-east and ended up stay­ing with or nearby the Rhodes fam­ily af­ter the war.

It is thought he then might have left the pho­to­graph with them as a me­mento.

Ms Rhodes said: “I have one or two rel­a­tives who we don’t have any photographs of. Maybe some­one can tie this into their fam­ily his­tory.

“It could be that some­one out there will recog­nise this as their grand­fa­ther, great un­cle or great grand­fa­ther.”

RID­DLE: An Aberdeen pho­tog­ra­pher took pic­ture

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