Old Photos of Witham

First World War soldiers in front of Red Lion

Taken: 1915-1916, Ref: M2190

First World War soldiers in front of Red Lion. According to John Murray, owner of the photo, they are the 2nd/7th Warwickshire regiment. They were in Witham from March 1915 to March 1916 (the 1st/7th were earlier). The soldier on the horse is Captain Grey. Standing in front of horse, with an X at his feet, is Lieutenant William Eric Murray, John’s father (born in Melbourne, Australia, came to England with mother and brothers and sisters after father died, later Captain and mentioned in dispatches, injured on the Somme in the same action where his brother Norman was killed (see M2192), mining engineer after the War). In background, left to right, are the side of High House (5 Newland Street), the Red Lion (7 Newland Street), 9 Newland Street (A Rowe), 11 Newland Street (writing over door but not clear). The same occasion as M2191, which came with it, and also M1897, M1898 (and M452, the same), and M1899.

Date taken1915-1916
SourceMurray, Norman John (known as John). The Yarne, 38 Ford Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4SF. Phone 01252.715623. email johnyarne@btopenworld.com son of Lieutenant William Eric Murray who is on the photo

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