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Plea for information about Newark war-baby picture

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There is an appeal for information about this picture taken in Newark
There is an appeal for information about this picture taken in Newark

One of the latest additions to a project based on children whose fathers served in the first world war is a picture from Newark.

Little is known about the baby in the picture, and those behind the national project want to find out more.

Army Children Of The First World War was set up by The Army Children Archive (TACA) as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums.

During the war many youngsters became ‘temporary’ Army children when their civilian fathers joined the British Army as volunteers or conscripts.

Many families today have ancestors who were children at that time, but may not appreciate fully how having a soldier– father affected lives.

A spokesman for TACA said: “Having a soldier–father when childhood coincides with a world war and a period of national crisis cannot fail to have an impact, from the daily sadness of missing an absent parent through the euphoric joy of reunion, however fleeting, to the trauma inflicted by a father’s injury or death.

“TACA collects, preserves and shares online information about the history of British Army children and the challenges and peculiarities of growing up as the child of a regular soldier in the British Army, from the 17th Century to today.

“Because the wartime experiences of the children of volunteer and conscript soldiers essentially mirrored those of the children of regular soldiers from 1914 to 1918, TACA is in a unique position to provide a deeper understanding of what they went through.”

TACA encourages consideration of the ways in which the war affected young non-combatants.

It is highlighting the Army children of the first world war mainly by using two online galleries of images accessed via Flickr.

The Army Children Of The First World War: Faces and Families, consists of a set of photographic portraits of Army children and their families photographed from 1914 to 1918.

'We are all connected to the first world war'

Images are added weekly at http://bit.ly/ArmyChildrenFWW Any known information about the faces and families pictured, or any clues offered by the photographs, accompany the images.

Viewers are invited to fill information gaps and, if possible, identify those pictured.

The Army Children Of The First World War: A Sentimental View, displays a selection of first world war-era sentimental postcards and items featuring Army children, and children generally.

Diane Lees, director-general of Imperial War Museums, said: “We are all connected to the first world war, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities, or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today.”

All that is known about the Newark picture is that it is a photographic postcard and the baby is with his or her parents.

The mother has a string of pearls and brooch at her throat and her soldier-husband wears a bandolier.

His visible shoulder title appears to read RGA — standing for Royal Garrison Artillery.

The name of a photographic studio is printed on the reverse: Hunt & Co., Central Studio, Newark. To add more information go to http://bit.ly/ArmyChildrenFWW.

If you know more about this picture call the Advertiser newsdesk on 01636 681234.


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