WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Great War Portraits: The Veteran

Ending a brief look at some portraits this week we finish with this post-war image of a Great War veteran. Taken sometime in the 1920s, most likely in the man’s back garden of his house, he is dressed like any other man of the period – but tucked away on his waistcoat are the ribbons of the British War & Victory medals, the standard campaign medals for the Great War, and on his lapel the badge of Comrades of the Great War. He has a very expressive face and one wonders what his war had been and where; what had he seen and endured? Men like this survived, came home and tried to continue with a normal family life, but the experience of the war was always there somewhere; rarely would it surface with those who had never been there themselves – a sort of conspiracy of silence, which historian Professor Peter Doyle has written about on his blog. A silence today only hinted at with images like this.

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3 responses

  1. Peter Macfarlane

    Shoes polished to a nice shine!

    17/02/2012 at 10:16

  2. I suspect he looks far older than his age. A few year’s terror aged them

    17/02/2012 at 13:49

  3. Well dressed chap. I wonder if he was on his way to a reunion?

    29/02/2012 at 16:19

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