Who are they?

During my recent scanning exercise I have a few unidentified photographs on my Mum’s side of the family. It is likely that they relate to the Gardiner, Riddleston or Smalley family but at this point we don’t know any more than that.



After asking on one of the family history forums, it looks as though the gentleman in this picture is wearing a military uniform from WWI and that his rank is that of Major. So we are looking for a Major born in the last half of the 19th century with what look to be twin sons and an elder daughter. I’m still unable to identify who they may be even given all these clues.


  1. Sean Phillips says:

    The gentleman in the Army Uniform at the top is a Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Regimental Sgt Major (RSM). Traditionally Warrant Officer ranks were worn on the forearm and commissioned Officers ranks on the shoulder, though during WW1 officers’ ranks started to be worn on a slashed cuff in order to make them invisible to snipers when in the trenches.

    That this man is a Warrant Officer is confirmed by the fact he is wearing an Other ranks pattern Service Dress tunic made from coarse khaki serge rather than an Officers’ jacket which would be open necked worn with a collar and tie, would be made from finer worsted Barathea or Whipcord material and would have a flapped ‘mariners’ cuff.

    He is wearing a Sam Browne belt usually worn by Officers rather than a waist belt normally
    worn by NCOs, but it was usual in some Regiments for the RSM to wear a Sam Browne too.

  2. louisa says:

    The picture at Flax farm is indeed Phobe Ann Jones and George Williams from Amroth Pembrokeshire. He was my great great Uncle. I have aphot of the little girl when she is a little older. Please could you get in touch with me ?

    Many thanks

    Kind regards

    Louisa

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