Sunday, 14 March 2010


World War 1, World War One, First World War, The Great WarPhotographs from World War 1 period submitted to this site by Gaynor Williams have won admirers.

Here at the top we have a group of Gaynor’s family members. The lady in the striped top is Gaynor’s great grandmother known as ‘Annie Victoria’ because her father Robert Evans was landlord of the Victoria Inn, Vale Road (Greenfield Place). The little boy sitting in front of her is Gaynor’s father Alec. The photo was taken somewhere near Bee Hotel in Bodfor Street; in background is the Singer Sewing Machines shop which is now round the corner at 12 Kinmel Street.

The other item is an unused postcard titled ‘Field Marshall Lord French visit to Kinmel Park . . . 1916’. Kinmel Park Camp is near Bodelwyddan. The tempestuous Lord French, also known as Viscount French, was a veteran of the Boer War and other conflicts. In the earlier part of World War 1 he had been the First Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in the trenches but at the time of the photo he was busy suppressing the Irish rebellion.