Hi folks, long time no see. Check this out:
On the left is my Granda, who I had never seen a photo of till today. On the right is, well, you know who that is. Spooky.
I had always assumed he was an infantryman in Europe based on his medal group (39-45 medal, 39-45 star and Europe medal) but that doesn't look like a british army uniform. My cousin who found the photo believes he trained spitfire pilots in South Africa
No idea about the uniform, but the photos are uncanny.
Apparently the hat with the white band is an RAF trainee's
I've also just learned my grandma (wo)manned a machine gun on the north east coast of england. She always told us she had been a hairdresser
It's funny how much we look like our ancestors sometimes. My mom has a photo of me at 20 next to a photo of my Great-great-Grandad at the same age. Uncanny.
As I'm the first of my family to ever wear a uniform I'll have to just guess what they might look like. (great-great was in the Royal Navy at 15, but no photos exist assuming he had much of a uniform as a common sailor back in the 1870s).