Unidentified Soldiers

Unidentified Soldiers

Some of the photographs in the collection at The Barlow are incorrectly labelled or cannot be identified.

This man has not been identified. He is wearing a medal ribbon showing that he received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the 1914-15 Star and the 1914 Star.

The 1914 Star was awarded to those who served in France and Belgium in early 1914. Apart from army personnel, it could be received by medical practitioners, nurses etc. A clasp was issued to be worn with the 1914 Star and issued to men who had served “under fire of the enemy in France and Belgium between the 5th August 1914 and midnight 22nd/23rd November 1914”. In fact they had to have been “within the range of enemy’s mobile artillery”. (Army Order (AO 361).

The 1914-15 Star was awarded to anyone who had been in a theatre of war before 31st December 1915, so men who were conscripted would not have been eligible.

When full medals were not worn, receipt of a 1914 star was indicated on the medal ribbon for the 1914-15 Star by a silver rosette. Two rosettes were issued – one to be a spare, but this man is wearing both at the same time. This suggests that this man was in the regular army before the war broke out, borne out by the fact that he does not look particularly young.

The photographs on this page are also unidentified men from The Barlow collection.

The picture on the left is incorrectly labelled as Len Howarth. This man is a Lance Corporal in either Royal Field or Garrison Artillery regiment. He is involved with horses, as he is wearing spurs. Artillery regiments used horses to transport the guns. He is wearing a uniform commonly issued in the early part of the war, so is probably not a conscript.  The picture below was labelled “Mr Ellison” but he has not been identified.

On the right incorrectly labelled as John Coupe. He is wearing an early pattern uniform and his cap badge denotes the Royal Engineers.

The man on the left is from The Barlow collection. Unfortunately, the cap badge is too indistinct for us to be able to identify his regiment. He is wearing a late pattern uniform, but an early pattern belt.

The three photographs below show men thought to be from the National Children’s Home and Orphanage – from the NCH Commemorative Book.

The seven photographs above are pictures that were originally salvaged from The Barlow collection, but have not been identified.