Wartime photo found preserved in cookery book

An appeal has been launched for the owner of a photograph found in a cookery book which appears to show a First World War soldier by the name of Matthew Rutherford. (S)
An appeal has been launched for the owner of a photograph found in a cookery book which appears to show a First World War soldier by the name of Matthew Rutherford. (S)

A Barnoldswick woman has appealed for the owner of a wartime photo to come forward after it was discovered in a cookery book.

Maureen Riley, of Bracewell Street, bought the 1969 hardback edition of Mrs Beeton’s Cookery Book at a Barnoldswick Senior Pop-In Group book sale at St Joseph’s Community Centre last week.

The photograph, in immaculate condition for its age, appears to show a First World War soldier in a studio shoot, with the name Matthew Rutherford on the rear.

It was found when it slipped out from between pages of the recipe guide when Mrs Riley was browsing her purchase.

Mrs Riley doesn’t know if it belongs to the previous owner of the book or another owner in the 45-year-old book’s lifetime, as she believes the cuisine classic has been sold on before in a charity shop.

Mrs Riley said: “The book can’t have been brought in more than three or four weeks ago but I haven’t been able to trace who brought it in.

“I was quite surprised to find it in a cookery book. I can’t think somebody would have used it as a book mark. It’s in very good condition and has clearly been well looked after.

“I think it’s a World War One soldier because I don’t think you would get a Second World War soldier photographed in that situation.

“I phoned a Rutherford in Earby but I don’t think the man is any relation to them. The last owner of the book may not have known about it if the photograph has been slipped in to keep it safe.

“The book has £1.50 in pencil on the fly leaf inside which suggests it has been sold in a charity shop before.”