Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Unknown Names


Not named

I found the image above in the box of family photos. It’s not named, which is rather sad.

I do know the name of this young man, but nothing about his uniform and medal. Can any readers help me?

Jack Winterbottom

Here he is again, a man now and looking rather dashing.

Jack Winterbottom adult

I went down to the service at the war memorial on Sunday, I’d not been able to go for the last couple of years. It was sad to note that the WWII two veterans were not there. Suddenly, it seems, there has been passing of a generation. I missed them;  but I’ll not forget them, we will remember them.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Unknown Names

  1. My son-in-law wonders if he ended up in the Flying Corps, which was part of the Army then. HTH! Perhaps other people will help more……….

    • Thanks Jenny, I can see his older brothers were medical orderlies, one is in the header photo. The Flying Corps would have been note worthy, I think that is the sort of detail that would have lived on in family lore 🙂

  2. Interesting post. I hope that you find more. xx

  3. First chap wears the cap badge of the Manchester Regiment so probably dates from the Great War time period. The badge changed in 1922. Can’t help on the other two I’m afraid

  4. Looking at the ears and nose, and also considering the likely dates they appear to have been taken, I’d say the first two are the same person (1910s and 1900s). The third looks a little different, though there’s an interesting further similarity and that is that in all three the right ear looks rather different from the left one. And I see you think the second and third are the same person. Is that because they were both named? I see you didn’t write the name, but that the images are named Jack Winterbottom.

  5. Will you pm me , please, as I may be of further help now, as I have a subscription for Forces records. I’m looking for family, too.

  6. Ps I have not looked for him. It wouldn’t be right to do so without your permission.

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