Appeal to reunite photo of WW1 soldier with family

The photograph
The photograph

A veteran from the Royal Air Force (RAF) is hoping to reunite a long-lost photograph of a First World War soldier with surviving descendants.

Trevor Read, 73, of St Dominic’s Close, St Leonards, was given the picture last summer by a friend during a house clearance in the Old Town.

The photograph was in a poor condition with its frame broken so Mr Read decided to restore it.

Now he is appealing for the reframed picture to be reunited with any surviving relatives of the soldier.

Mr Read said: “This picture was one of a number of items found in the house clearance that date from the early 20th century.

“It is a picture of a soldier from the Royal Flying Corps and must date from halfway through the First World War, probably from 1915 to 1916.

“I am interested in aviation history and have collected a lot of Royal Flying Corps memorabilia. The photograph was in a terrible state.

“But I managed to clean it up and thought it was quite tasteful mounting it in an oak frame. It’s such a wonderful photograph and it would be nice to have it reunited with the soldier’s surviving descendants.”

The Royal Flying Corps was the air arm of the British Army during the First World War, until it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service in April 1918 to form the RAF. Mr Read was a radio operator at RAF Wartling from 1959 to 1960. The station was used as part of the ROTOR air defence radar system during the Cold War. ROTOR was a huge and elaborate air defence radar system built by the Government in the early 1950s to counter possible attack by Soviet bombers.

Any descendants of the soldier pictured can contact the newsdesk on 01424 856786.