On leave

Fred E Audas 1916

Another family photograph, one which had not been possible to see before, as the original sepia print has faded so badly. By scanning this at high resolution then taking out some of the colour spectrum, the image has been brought back.  It’s actually quite a moving photograph, which show Great Uncle Fred Audas home on leave during World War One.  The photo which seems to be taken by an unknown family member has been cut down quite small, so we don’t know who was with them, and is quite damaged too, but we do know it was taken on the seafront at Bridlington.  With Fred resting on the edge of a Bridlington fishing boat are his only son, also called Fred, and his wife Mabel (the only known photograph of her) who he married in 1911.

He doesn’t exactly look a cheery chap. There is a photo of Fred taken at the time of his call up in 1914, and the contrast between that and this very haggard looking guy couldn’t be greater. As he’s in his uniform I assume he was only back for a couple of days. Fred went out with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 as a Second Lieutenant but ended up a private due to some unknown offence.  He is believed to have been wounded in the Battle of The Somme, and died in Belgium in April 1918.  So we can only imagine what he’d been through when this picture (the last known of him) was taken, and it could well be the last time his family ever saw him.


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