Do you recognise this KOYLI soldier?

Unknown KOYLI solider

Title: Unknown KOYLI solider
Description: Do you recognise him? by-nc

This photograph of a soldier from the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was found in the collection of a Bradford family. Their family research suggests that, if it is a family member, it could be either Arthur Thompson or Albert Walker. Both were working class types, the former possibly a Dock Worker and the latter a Bricklayer/Labourer. These are speculative suggestions, but possible. As far as we know, both of these men initially came from Goole, the latter being born in Hull – so how one of them might have found their way into the K.O.Y.L.I. ranks is intriguing if true. Other possibilities could be that this man was someone’s sweetheart, but who is a good question.

Do you recognise him? If you think you can put a name to the face, please leave a comment so we can find out his story.

One Response to “Do you recognise this KOYLI soldier?”

  1. Melissa Dennison

    From researching our family history I can now say that this is likely to be Richard Andrew, a brother in law to the Thompson family. Richard Andrew was from Goole and was in the KOYLI’s during the Great War. I found this out via good luck, serendipity and a good bit of family history research. Turns out he has family in Hull, and after seeing a photo they sent and looking at military records on line I am fairly confident that this is the man here. Thanks all for your help.

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