LOOKING BACK - April 2, 2020 edition

Picture from Rugby lads in the Far East in 1920

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:34 pm
The cutting from a 1920 Advertiser
The cutting from a 1920 Advertiser

I love this piece I spotted in one of our 1920 editions of the Advertiser.

It seems to be the earliest form of submitted reader pictures - and could have been something sent in to us just last week.

Funny how some things haven’t changed in 100 years.

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The picture story says: We have received the following letter (accompanied by the above interesting photograph) from Rifleman HJ Kedge, Quartermaster’s Stores, 4th Batt, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Belgaum, India:

“Dear Sir, Please find enclose a photograph of a few Rugby and district lads who are at present stationed in India, and who, I am glad to say are in the best of health and spirits.

Their names are as follows - Reading from left to right - Standing - Rifleman Williams of Harborough Magna, Corpl Day of Hillmorton, and Rifleman Tresler of Dunchurch.

Seated - Lee. Corpl Sheasby and Rifleman HJ Kedge.

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Hoping this photo will make a nice little group for your paper, which all of us are anxious to receive at any time. I will close, from Yours truly HJ Kedge.”

Rifleman Kedge is an old Murrayian and joined the Regular Army before the War, serving five years in India.

He was drafted to Europe in September 1914 and after fighting France, where he contracted frost-bite, he was transferred to Salonika.

He remained there for three years and afterwards returned to France, where he was wounded during the heavy fighting immediately preceding the Armistice.

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