I can’t identify the soldier in this family photo. Do you know which regiment he served in?
QI have a picture of my great grandparents, their two daughters – one of whom was my grandmother – and one of their sons who served in the First World War. I have been trying to identify which son, by looking at the cap badge and uniform, but so far without success.
The soldier is either Private Robert Francis Bedford 327, 13th Coy, 16th Bn, Middlesex Regiment or Rifleman Charles Arthur Bedford P/1568, 16 Bn, Rifle Brigade.
I would be very grateful for any help that you can give me. Christine Chandler, by email
AThis is a formal family group in mourning during the First World War, probably for the brother of the soldier. The dark clothing worn by the ladies in the group is a clue, but there are others. You ask about two brothers – one in the Middlesex Regiment and one in the Rifle Brigade, but the badge this soldier is wearing is neither of these. Could there have been another brother who served? The mother is wearing a sweetheart brooch (as, probably, is the sister on the left). These were worn by women as reminders of sons or sweethearts who were serving and usually had the regimental badge on them.