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A wartime photograph taken in Newark more than 90 years ago has made its way back to Nottinghamshire after being found at a car-boot sale in the south of England.

It features soldiers from the Royal Engineers Training Centre, No. 8 Company, No. 1 Section, and is a class graduation picture taken in the grounds of Newark Castle.

Little is known of the men or their fates, as they would have left shortly after for the battlefields of France and Belgium.

The picture is dated July, 1917, just over a year before the first world war ended.

It was sent to Mr Malcolm Hoare, of Tythby Road, Bingham, by his brother-in-law, Mr Michael Bond, of Devon.

Mr Bond bought the photograph at the car-boot sale as his brother-in-law has an interest in military history and would appreciate its local significance.

Mr Hoare said he thought the photograph would be of use to people researching their family history and he is keen to learn anything that he can about the men featured in it.

The Royal Engineers have a strong association with Newark, their officers were trained in the town until after the second world war at the Bowbridge Camp.

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