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Can you help solve Earby mystery of unknown soldier?

Earby and District History Society are appealing for information on a Len Foster after a series of photos were passed to them.

Earby and District History Society are appealing for information on a Len Foster after a series of photos were passed to them.

Members of Earby and District History Society are appealing for information on a series of photographs of a mystery man.

The group received the images of a Len Foster in among a host of other artefacts and memorabilia in February at the launch of Earby’s commemoration programme to mark the beginning of the First World War.

Chairman Bob Abel says that after initial searches down the usual ancestor lines for the name which is written on to the back of the photograph, he has reached a dead end.

Mr Abel believes that Mr Foster would likely have been in a Private or similar rank in a Scottish regiment due to him wearing a tartan hat in one image and a Tam o’Shanter in another.

It is though he must have been wounded and spent some time in Booth Hall Hospital, North Manchester as there are pictures of the hospital and nursing staff.

Mr Foster is pictured talking to King George V during a visit to the hospital by His Royal Highness on one and this photograph is marked with the Daily Herald, a now defunct newspaper. Another shows a picture of a little girl named Enid Ditchfield, taken by a photographer in Morecambe.

Mr Abel said: “I don’t like mysteries, I like to get to the bottom of things. It’s a long shot as it was such a long time ago and I’ve come up with nothing definitive. It may not even be somebody local.

“A lady passed them to us at the coffee morning. I’m not completely sure but I think they had been given to her by a neighbour.

I have spoken to Martin Foster in Earby as I had a sneaking feeling it looked like him but after he spoke to his father, he said there was no Len Foster’s in the family.

“I would be grateful if anyone can help shed light on the photographs. Who is Len Foster and what is his story?”

The society is still on the search for items related to the First World War period and would welcome items or family stories to add to the archive.

Contact Mr Abel on 843850 or email info@earbyhistory.co.uk with information.

 

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