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When Daddy was home on leave.


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I picked up this pocket size photo album in a job lot from a local Antique cum bric-a-brac shop in Surrey a couple of years ago. As "Daddy" never appears, it is easy to imagine that he must have been behind the camera taking the snaps (with captions written by mother possibly?) to accompany him as a treasured memento of happier days on his return to the fray. Although dated, other than Christian names, there are no indication of who the family were, where they lived, or whether "Daddy" was a soldier, sailor, or a flier (There may have been an indication of the family's identity on the booklet's card cover but, as you will notice, these have been partially trimmed off, possibly for that very reason). As well as providing a brief glimpse of how this family spent its "pleasant" Sunday afternoon in 1917 the pictures leave the viewer - least they do me - wondering what happened to the family subsequently and, inevitably, whether "Daddy" survived the fighting to return safely home to his family after the war.

The first and the last photographs are missing but, as they carry the captions, I have included the pages for the sake of completeness. (In the booklet the captions are on the reverse of the photograph they relate to, but below I have put them before the link to the page which contains the photograph.)

Hope these are of interest.

NigelS

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[PHOTOGRAPH MISSING] A Pleasant Sunday afternoon Sept. 16 1917.

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Nell & Geoffrey.Sept. 16 1917.

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Geoffrey with his Pigeon when his Daddy was home "On Leave"

(as far as I can make out the pigeon is a toy: I don't think a real one would tolerate being held that way for long enough for a photograph to be taken!)

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Grandpa reads 'The Observer'Sunday afternoon Sept 16 1917

(I wonder what stories it was carrying that day?)

Grandma reads "Black Sambo" To Geoffrey and Mummy, Grandpa not very interested. Sunday Afternoon Sept. 16. 1917

(Very un-P.C. by today's standards I'm afraid)

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Mummy admires her Son Sunday Afternoon Sept. 16. 1917

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Geoffrey and Mummy again

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[PHOTOGRAPH MISSING] Waiting on the doorstep for Daddy to come.

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Teresa in Wirral

I enjoyed looking at the photos can't help with who, where etc.

Perhaps when the 1911 census is published you might be able to find the family.

Am I right that fathers name is possibly Thos(Thomas) M, mother Nell and of course child Geoffrey?

Teresa

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Such poignant pictures. Strange to think that if alive, the boy will be about 97 years old now.

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I'm hoping the photos were placed in the album for 'Daddy' to take to war with him as a reminder - and he was able to put them in the back of a drawer when he came back from war.

Lovely photos - thank you!!

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How lovely, I wish 'Daddy' had included himself in just one photo.

We'll never know what happened.

K

I'm hoping the photos were placed in the album for 'Daddy' to take to war with him as a reminder - and he was able to put them in the back of a drawer when he came back from war.

Lovely photos - thank you!!

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Thanks for these pics Nigel.

Just one technical remark if you don't mind: could you add them as pics next time? Its a bit of a bore to have to click and close windows the whole time:

DaddysLeavepages10-11.jpg

Regards,

Marco

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