I can’t iden­tify the sol­dier in this fam­ily photo. Do you know which reg­i­ment he served in?

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - Q&A - Phil To­maselli

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.

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