My father, Francis Fotheringham , was a reservist when war was declared. He immediately entered service in the Royal Corps of Signals. He specialised in telegraphy and remained in active service on the Western Front for the duration of the War. He was given a citation signed by General Sir H S Rawlinson. It reads:

“I congratulate you on the gallant act by which you won the BAR TO THE MILITARY MEDAL.”

I also have a postcard, dated 29 August 1917 sent by my Uncle Tom to his aunt and uncle in Manchester. It shows a soldier making the best of having a shave in difficult circumstances. Part of it reads:

“Here we are again. Still keeping A1.”

Unlike the studio portraits of the time my father’s framed photograph shows him out in the countryside.