|Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM|
Recently I came across a World War 1 Field Service postcard dated July 1915 sent from a soldier surnamed Smith in France to his young son also surnamed Smith living in Parkhead, Glasgow, Ecosse. I have an interest in old postcards for myself but I also saw this as a challenge to my genealogical skills. Would it be possible to reunite this almost 100 year old card with a living Smith relative. Using the name and address I was able to establish that the family were recorded at that address in the 1915 Valuation Rolls for Glasgow., which confirmed Smith as a soldier. I also tracked the family down to a Glasgow address in the 1911 census and from that detail I found a birth certificate for the soldier's son named on the postcard. I then tracked the life of the son through his marriage, birth of his own children and ultimately his death. He only had one surviving son and again I tracked his life, marriage, birth of his children. It culminated in the death of the soldier's grandson's wife only 4 years ago. From that it did not take me long to discover that Smith's grandson, named after him, was still alive and living in Scotland. On contacting him the grandson was delighted to regain possession of his grandfather's old postcard. The postcard was purchased from http://www.oldpostcardsetc.co.uk/ also at https://www.facebook.com/OldPostcards and I found them very helpful and they provided a fast and efficient service.