Remembrance of an unidentified soldier

Unidentified Soldier

Unidentified Soldier

This postcard sized photograph is part of a collection of First World War photographs that were inherited by Raymond Walter Coulson (1922-1997).  His father, Albert Walter Coulson (1888-1956), served with the Suffolk and Gloucestershire regiments.  The cap badge looks like that of the Suffolk regiment.  Although this young soldier bears a resemblance to Albert, this photo has a date stamped on the back, the 6 Feb 1917.  This young man looks to be in his late teens or early twenties, so he is clearly too young to be Albert, who by then was a seasoned soldier approaching the age of 30.  On close inspection I can make out the photographers embossed details on the bottom right corner:

F.J.SEAMAN.
PHOTOGRAPHER.
DONCASTER.

According to the Photo Sleuth, Frederick Joseph Seaman operated a photography studio in Doncaster between 1915-1926.

So, there are some clues, which together with details of his uniform may lead to this soldier’s identification.  In the meantime, I’ll remember him as an unidentified soldier.

© Sue Adams 2013

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One Comment on “Remembrance of an unidentified soldier”

  1. chmjr2 says:

    He wore his country’s uniform. That alone should be enough. But he also was someone’s son. He could have been a brother, husband, father, best friend, or all of these. The sights he may have seen, deeds witness or done. I hope somewhere that this same picture is a treasured keepsake.


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