- saw this on a List and thought I'd pass it on
in September last year I started to build
a free web site dedicated to identifying military photographs,
in an attempt to repay some of the generous help that I have
received from Genealogists generally and Rootsweb listers in
This site was initially to be for the Counties of Leicestershire
and Rutland, but (due to requests) is now open to anyone with
a military interest in Great Britain and its war time allies.
Many of us are lucky enough to own treasured photographs of
groups or single portraits of military personnel of the W.W.1
and W.W2 era and with luck, earlier "gems" of this sort.
How many times have you and your family looked at these
wonderful old photographs and wondered who your ancestors
comrades were ?
What Regiment etc. did they belong to? When and where the
photograph was taken ?
'Military Images' is set up to offer "on line" pages to display
these photographs in the hope that other site visitors can help
with identification etc.
Perhaps you have in your possession photographs that you can
scan that are a partial or complete mystery ? Perhaps (like me)
you can identify your own relative/s within the group but none
of his/her comrades?
Perhaps some of these "unknown servicemen" are lost relatives
or people that may have passed on information about your
ancestors military career to their families.
The web site now contains this type of material and other
information and links etc.
As of today (Fri. 11 Feb. 2000), the site holds photo/scans
of some 1,586 UNIDENTIFIED INDIVIDUALS, plus many
more that only the barest facts are known. There is also, a list
of 812 transcribed names from War Memorials etc. (many of
the memorials have been photographed and these scans are
Please do bear in mind that in WW1 in particular, where a
soldier was living at the time of his volunteering or conscription
often had no bearing on which Regiment etc. he was posted to.
(or if he was killed where he was buried). So a soldier who
perhaps volunteered or was conscripted in Devon could be
posted to a Yorkshire Regiment.
I hope that you will take the time to have a look at the web site,
who knows? you may find "one of your own" there.
I hope also that some of you will consider sending in photographs
that you would like to receive help with.
Good luck and good hunting !
>From Roger Capewell, in Derbyshire, England.rojanne@...
'Military Images' Web Site at :-
Researching CAPEWELL/CAPWELL anywhere, any time.