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How to obtain a Soldiers Photo

Postby warpo » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:06 am

I've seen something like a service booklet for my partners grandad that had a photo of him inside, I think it contained all his service records, but what I do recall is that it contained a photo of him inside.

I'm trying to get a photo of my great grandfather who I know was in the 7th Lincolnshire Corps the year before he committed suicide on a trawler.

Though I don't know if it mattered because it was a very short service.

Frederick Alexander Wilmore
Service Number - 11728
31st Aug 1914 - Attested
5th Sep 1914 - (Cant understand document but think it reads "Fosted"
30th Nov 1914 - Discharged not being likely to become an efficient soldier (being medically unfit)

I don't know where else to look for a photo.

Many thanks in advance,
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How to obtain a Soldiers Photo

Postby coopernicola » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:25 pm

I think your partner must be very lucky not only to have a booklet but also a photograph as so many WWI records do not survive. Do you know if this is an army book or perhaps a merchant navy card, I believe these do include photographs. The few for relatives I have found, army service or pension records, have only had a written physical description.
BTW I think it reads "Posted" on your grandfathers papers. It's interesting he was initially deemed fit for service then discharged for having a dodgy knee.
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Re: How to obtain a Soldiers Photo

Postby junkers » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:59 pm

It definitely says "Posted".

What you describe as a booklet sounds to me like a service record as a mariner which would list all of the ships he served on, there is one (out of thousands of records) in the BT 372 (Seamen's Pouches) at The National Archives that I have seen. Have you contacted the National Maritime Museum as they may have some records or perhaps there was an article in the newspapers, try the British Newspaper Archive.
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Re: How to obtain a Soldiers Photo

Postby warpo » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:51 pm

Yes my partners grandad was a seaman. Whereas mine was Army.

Guess that mattered then. I just presumed that with so many portrait images of soldiers that it was a requirement on signup.

Thanks for your replies
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