Mystery photo of soldiers outside Berwick Town Hall sparks appeal

Brian White ot in touch with The Journal after the photo fell out of an old publication on the First World War he had dusted off

Brian White's photograph of soldiers outside Berwick Town Hall
Brian White's photograph of soldiers outside Berwick Town Hall

An appeal has been made for information on an old photograph of soldiers gathered in front of a Northumberland landmark.

Brian White, a keen military historian and collector of First World War books and magazines, got in touch with The Journal after the photo fell out of an old publication on the conflict he had dusted off.

The black and white photo shows soldiers in uniform, stood to attention and in formation, in front of the Town Hall in Berwick.

Crowd line the street on either side of the soldiers, with some spectators on the steps of the building, while flags of St George fly from upper floor windows.

The photographer’s name is written on a corner and appears to be W. Green. However there is no date on the picture.

Mr White, 76, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, is keen to find out when the photo was taken, on what occasion and which regiments are pictured.

He said: “I found the photo in the back of some World War One books and have identified where I think it was taken, Berwick upon Tweed Town Hall.

“The dress of the soldiers look to be late 1880s or early 1900’s. The uniforms look as if they could be khaki in colour and possibly Boer War period. It looks like Boer War period.

“It is celebrating some occasion whether it was the end of the Boer War or some sort of celebration of World War One.

“In the bottom right hand corner the photographer’s name is not very clear but looks like W. Green, Berwick.

“The size of the photo is 12”x10”.”

Mr White, who works as a guide at Harewood House near Leeds and used to collect medals, swords and weaponry, said he may visit Berwick and offer the photograph to a local museum.

Anyone who can help Mr White is asked to email him at chalky614@gmail.com.

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