Family Military Photos

Ok, I'm going to take a stab at this again.

Guys and Girls, I would like to start another interest section, concerning family historical photos. I'm currently working on my families photos (Infantry from the Boer Was through WW1 , the 30's and WW2) and I will start to post them as soon as I can.

The only stipulations are ;

1. The most recent photos posted should be Granby , but as early as you want.

2. Photos should be of yourself, or family historical photos. Please do not post 'General Military interest photos' culled from the net.

3. Some background information to support the posted photos would be nice.


All nations welcome, it will be interesting to see photos from the collections of some of our foreign posters.

Let's see if we can create a nice resource, which with enough interest , I will keep as a permanent fixture.




Posted these before, but I'll start you off :D

My Grandfather, WW2. Served with the Royal Engineers in North Africa, Sicily/Italy and Normandy.

One photo shows his unit posing in front of a Bridge they've re-built (Notice the Destroyed bridge in the background to the left, presume this was blown up by retreating Germans, I also presume this is the Rhine, as the sign clearly says 'Last Bridge of the War' although it could be Holland?
(My Grandfather is squatting down, bottom left corner of the sign between the guy with glasses and the other fella who hasn't got a beret on)

The other Photo is my Grandfather and Mate posing with German Prisoners, again, not sure where this was taken and sadly, as he's passed away now, guess I'll never find out.

An excellent start Danvuk , thank you :D

Are there any more?


OK, this picture is already in the gallery but I'll repost it here. This features Grandpa Chickenpunk who was born in 1879 as the last of 9 children to an innkeeper in a small Welsh village (who was born in 1799!) and went off to seek his fortune in London. He worked as a department manager in John Lewis's on Oxford Street but, in 1914, volunteered for the Queen Victoria Rifles and went to France with them. He stayed with them until he was commissioned in the field in 1917, when he was transferred to the 7th Londons (City of London Fusiliers, I believe).

This picture was taken some time in 1918, not long before he was awarded the MC - which I have on my desk next to me - for leaving cover and taking out a series of German MG positions, which were blocking a British advance, with his mortar.

He died when I was three years old, and thus I have the most hazy memories of him, but from what my father and uncle told me, he was a nice old boy.


Well, here are some pictures from a foreigner.

First, my grandfather. He served during WW1 in the german navy, got wounded during the battle of Jutland 1916. Afterwards he worked at a civil court. During WW2 the navy sent him to Denmark as a navy justice officer. The pic shows him in his service-suit around 1942-45. After the war he worked as a bailiff. He died in 1976 when I was six so I don´t remember much of him except he was a gnarling old man.

Then my father (left) and my uncle back in ww2. At that time my father was member of the Hitler-youth as one can see.

In 1952 my dad was a policeman. This pic show him (arrow) during a x-mas party. The guy to the right wearing a civilian suit is former President Theodor Heuss
May10th 1944 Just weeks prior Op Market Garden.

1st Airborne Division

My Grandfather second row, second from left: Sgt P Jackson

Other Piccy, Grandfather on right hand side taken on last day of the war in Burma


My Other Grandfather Cpl Robert Lee RASC

Taken in France when a member of the British Expitionary force.


The Sailor

My grandfather in the Irish Army cira 1922, late Royal Dublin Fusilers.
Here's a photo of my Grandfather with the RHA Boys in Woolwich in 1907.

He's the one just left of the middle:

He served a full career including being awarded the MM in WW1, transfering to the MGC and Tank Corps where he served in India until the late 1920s.
Some excellent posts already , please keep them coming :D
Nobody else for any family photos? It was quite interesting while it lasted. How about seeing who has the photo that goes back the furthest. Mine was Woolwich 1907, so that should be easy to beat :wink:
My Father, (yes, I am that old), front right with the highly polished chinstrap and single stripe.
Served (from memory) with 310 AA Battery, RE, originally, then the RA.
Finished the war as a BSM.
Picture taken 23rd October, 1939.
(Edited to read310 Battery RE, instead of RA after finding his call-up papers) :)



War Hero

My Grandfather Pictured in India Serving with the 1st Btn Black Watch, Orginally joined in 1914 underage and under a false name, served with Middlesex Regiment, East Surreys & Scottish Rifles, wounded twice. Rejoined in 1919 after being out 5 months. Served 20yrs with Blackwatch, discharged in 1939 only to be called back from reserve to serve till 1945 with the Royal Artillery on AA guns.
Quite a life


Couple more from me of my great Grandfather, picture was taken in 1918, I'm not too sure what Regiment he served in during WW1 although I do know he was awarded at least one decoration for bravery, and interestingly my Mother remembers he was sent a Christmas card from a mate he served with containing a substantial amount of money every year with the message "Thanks for saving my life"

Fairly sad I think that the little boy in the top photo, is the man in the photo below (my Grandfather) in almost the same pose, again in uniform and facing a war against the same enemy.

My Grandfather, in uniform in this photo served in the Royal Signals during WW2 (Again, North Africa, Sicily/Italy and Normandy)
All anecdotes are by way of my Mother, I used to ask him about the war when I was a kid but understandably he sidestepped all my gory and ill conceived questions about the Germans etc in a cheerful manner.

I do know, that most of the guys he joined up with were killed or wounded, and that he told my mother the worst thing he saw during the war was Italian children playing near his column killed by some kind of german mine that an Italian farmer unknowingly had ploughed up with his Tractor.

My Grandmother in that photo didn't escape the war entirley unscathed either, They were from East Ham in the East End of London and were bombed out twice (Luckily she wasn't home either time)

Her 3rd and final house was caught in the blast from a V1 attack and the front one was hurt (She was at the back of the House at the time)but an auntie hearing the explosion whilst on her way to visit rushed to the house, and fell down a newly formed hole in the hall floor...breaking her leg :D

*edited to take into account I got my grandmother and grandfather mixed up 8O * see post below.


Update: Digging out that photo of my Great Grandfather has unearthed an interesting discovery. Turning the photo over, I noticed written in pencil.

"God bless us all"
"Taken prisoner 21st March 1918"

I put that date into Google, and lo and behold it was the first day of the German Spring offensive.

I asked my Mother (it's her Grandfather) about wether he was a prisoner of the Germans during WW1, and her response was "I don't know, he wouldn't talk about the War to anyone"

Oh, I also found out the 'Little girl' in the photo, is actually....'a little boy'!! 8O It's my Grandad (in the WW2 photo above) apparently children were dressed like that then.

Nothing like being well informed eh? :D


few more of my other Grandfather (Dads side) who served in the Royal Engineers during WW2.

He spent part of the war as a despatch rider. Penciled on back 'Hilden, Germany 1946'

Danvuk and Blackcat , thank you. This is the sort of thing I envisaged, interesting photos and some background history.

Once again, if you have any family photos, please post them. :)



I am married into a German family, almost all of the older generation served in the Nazi Party or the Waffen-SS.

Two pics of my wifes uncle Kurt, who served in the battle of kursk 1943, with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.
They are not very clear, but still great because they show a halftrack rocket launcher being loaded onto a flat bed railway truck prior to the battle.


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