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Armed Forces / Re: Ancestor who was a soldier and a servant
« on: Friday 17 February 17 16:27 GMT (UK)  »
Many thanks, I will have to visit Kew and do some digging.

Armed Forces / Re: Ancestor who was a soldier and a servant
« on: Friday 17 February 17 13:12 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for your help. His name has been mistranscribed because it is Bloomfield with an L and I noticed the officer is actually called Blackett not Brackett so the enumerator has had trouble reading Ls for Rs. So that soldier could well be him. How can I find out more from that reference? I have been to the National Archives site but can locate the reference?

Armed Forces / Ancestor who was a soldier and a servant
« on: Thursday 16 February 17 18:06 GMT (UK)  »
I have traced my great-great grandfather and he was a butler on the 1881 census in London but ten years earlier in 1871 he is living in a different household in Ascot and is described as "Butler, Private Coldstream Guards". The head of the household's son-in-law is Christopher Edward Blackett who is living at home and described as a "Cpt & Lieut Cl Coldstream Guards".

I know that servants often served in the army with their masters and were usually called a valet or a batman. But here he is described as a butler and is at his masters home (or at least his mother-in-law's). Was this the normal practice? And does that mean that he traveled everywhere with him whether on active service or not?

Also although he is described as unmarried he had actually married the previous year. His wife is working as a cook in a different house in Hampshire in 1871 and is described as married. Was this unusual? I now that servants weren't usually permitted to marry except in the case of butlers and cooks but usually in the same household. And as he was also a soldier this may have added complications. Can anyone offer any advice?

Armed Forces / Re: Help indentifying a services club in WWII Berlin
« on: Wednesday 25 January 17 13:16 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you to all of you, I will have to do some more research. From the photographer's address I suppose it's possible that my cousin was wrong and the club wasn't in Berlin but was in Krefeld, where I have been told the British Army arrived before Berlin.

Armed Forces / Re: Help indentifying a services club in WWII Berlin
« on: Sunday 22 January 17 12:32 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you both for your help. It's much appreciated.

Armed Forces / Help indentifying a services club in WWII Berlin
« on: Saturday 21 January 17 22:32 GMT (UK)  »
My father's cousin recently told me that her dad was responsible for running a club for British soldiers in post war Berlin. He was posted there from the end of the war until at least March 1946. He was a private in the Royal Artillery but his job working in hotels before the war gave him the experience to run the club. He also booked musicians and acts to perform there on a regular basis, these acts were mainly German.

She had two photographs of the interior, see below. Sadly there is no writing on the back save for the photographer's stamp which says - Foto. Werkstatt, W.Hoven. Credfeld DAH LER DYK 182.

The third photo of the soldiers in uniform may be from the same location but I'm not sure.

I can identify a poster on the wall of the club in the background of one of the photos which says, Athletics. This indicates that it is a club connected to the British and the Army rather than a German club. I did wonder if it was connected to the NAAFI but the photos I found of the NAAFI club in Berlin looked different to this.

I would love to know where the club was and if it is still there. Can anyone identify it or does anyone have any idea which clubs British soldiers used in Berlin in late 1945/early 1946? Any information will be gratefully received.

Thank you both, they are both very good and bring out the features in different ways. It gives me a better idea what they looked like

Regarding the buttons being on the wrong side, I had never noticed that before. My grandmother lent me the photo 30 years ago and we had a copy made by a professional photographer. I'm certain that is how it was on the original which is sadly lost now. I had mislaid the copy as well but found it recently. The original was mounted on card but in a very poor condition with a split, the surface of the paper was quite rough.

Was it possible that the photographer flipped the image at the time at the request of the subject? Maybe he preferred to be seen seated on the right or wanted to see a mirror image of himself.

My grandmother gave me this photo a long time ago, it is a portrait of my great great grandparents Thomas and Susan Grant. I thought I had lost it but recently found it again. It must date from the early 1850s because he died in 1855.

it is very dark and faded, can anyone clean it up for me?

Thanks for all you help - it's much appreciated.

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