Monday 18 December 2017

Mystery of hidden photo of soldier

A woman is appealing for help to solve a mystery of a soldier whose photograph was found hidden behind a picture frame.

For the past 20 years, Claire Barrie has wondered who the recruit was and why his picture (inset) was concealed.

Claire (37) said her mother Ailish bought a framed picture of a seaside scene in a second-hand shop in Limerick in the 1990s.

When she opened the back of the frame to remove the scenic picture, she discovered it was part of a 1949 magazine article about Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall.

"But then she found the photograph of the soldier lovingly concealed in tissue paper," she said.

Speaking at her home in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, she said her family have renewed efforts to identify the mystery man.

The photographer was Jean Weinberg, based in Cairo between 1938 and 1948, who photographed many Allied soldiers during World War Two.


The man was wearing a major's uniform of a British artillery regiment with a silver oak leaf for bravery.

"I desperately hope he survived the war. I'm hoping someone might recognise him. Was he Irish?" said Claire.

"My 10-year-old daughter Elliemae said our family should 'adopt' this soldier and he now has a place on a shelf in our home."


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