Contributed by Rita Barbeaux, Manistique, Michigan
Already a grandmother several times over, Jeanne Mercedes Salzer served stateside from 1943-45 with one of her duties being to photograph the civilians and process their passports for them to go overseas to entertain the troops – including one Lester T. Hope better known as Bob Hope!
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Contributed by Peter Appleton
His grandfather, Fred Appleton, taken in 1913 just after he had joined the Territorial Army at age 21 as a Bandsman in the 4th Yorkshire Regiment (better known as The Green Howards).
The second photograph (right) ofÂ now Lance Corporal Fred AppletonÂ was taken just four years later after he had served on the Western Front for two years showing a dramatic change in appearance.Â It clearly shows the strain that active service put on the young soldiers during the 1914-1918 war. And granddad was a Bandsman. He would have been spared the front line fighting because the band was a valuable morale booster. However, he would have been a stretcher bearer, bringing the wounded and dead back from No Man’s Land. He probably saw horrors the like of which we cannot even imagine.