A composite photograph of a separated British soldier's family. | The Army Children Archive
A photograph of a British soldier and his absent family.
There is nothing on the reverse of this real photographic postcard to identify the subjects, or the photographer. The tripartite photographic scene on the front, which is rather the worse for wear, shows a British soldier wearing spurs, a bandolier and a white lanyard, with a cap badge that appears to be that of the Corps of Royal Engineers. He is seated on a chair in front of a military encampment, gazing solemnly at a piece of paper – perhaps a photograph or letter. A head-and-shoulders portrait of his wife has been inserted above him, and a group portrait of his four small children has been positioned opposite her.