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Is this unknown soldier from the Black Country?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

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THE history books tell us the bodies of thousands of young soldiers killed on the Front Line were never found, their very existence merely consigned to memories for the grieving families and an etched name in stone.

Photography did however come to the rescue of many loved ones who at least could remember what a father, son, brother or husband looked like by the image in a frame that invariably hung with pride in the most prominent position in the house. Reg Ward of Dudley has brought to our attention one such portrait that he came across at an antique sale in Bilston. He told us, "As soon as I saw the chap with the piercing eyes I had to buy the frame which is quite heavy and must have hung on a wall somewhere for many years. I have no details, no idea of his name or where he came from, but I think he belonged to The 3rd King's Own Hussars and is wearing the regimental cap badge."

The question we would like to ask readers is does anyone recognise this man, and can they provide us with a name? The 3rd King's Own Hussars served for long spells on the Western Front and it must be assumed the photograph was kept as a treasured memory of a young man who never returned home. The Hussars formed part of the backbone of the cavalry in the British army and would have needed a constant stream of fresh horses. The pictures that accompany this feature show soldiers attending horses, but at an unknown location, and the famous photograph of the requisition of horses at Netherton during the First World War.

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