Another postcard for you, although what you see is what you get; I have no information whatsoever about these men, the reverse of the card being blank. Nice picture though, don’t you think?
The Royal Navy lost nearly 45,000 men in the Great War, only a third of whom can today be found in marked graves; for the remainder, the sea would be their final resting place.
The Navy men pictured here were all hospitalised in later years – some not so long after the war ended,…
…others decades later.
Some of the survivors, just like their counterparts in the Army, would endure the consequences of their war service for the rest of their lives,…
…while others would suffer as they grew older.
These are the men who came home.
Another postcard, again with no information. We shall never know the names of this family, and what the future held for them.
And finally, this rather strange postcard, in such poor condition that I have no intention of ‘cleaning’ it, but which shows a group of British sailors (and civilians) caught off-guard by the photographer, as opposed to the usual posed shots you are likely to find. I have no information whatsoever on this photo, which is where you come in; if you have any thoughts on this, I’d be interested to hear them. Things to note: military & civilian headgear, cap badges, bandolier, flag (White Ensign, maybe).