The previous post has made me look at the image of the footballers more closely. For years I just accepted the information on the back of the photo – “Fred is seventh from the left on the back row”. Enlarged for the first time on screen, I now have my doubts. This image is from the same event and Fred is sat on the front row holding the ball – significantly with a centre parting, unlike in the earlier image. This is the grandfather I immediately recognise whereas the other chap doesn’t look quite right. Perhaps Fred was behind the lens in the earlier image after all.
I am amused by two of his team mates – guess which ones 🙂 – all humanity is here and this being Aboukir, Egypt in 1918, rather than the Western Front, I like to think they all made it safely home: