Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cheshire Regiment - Unseen Pics

This isn't strictly Newport related, other than I am from Newport and the pictures are my personal collection.

My Great Grandfather was Captain Charles Johnson. He was born in 1880 in Altrincham, Cheshire. He was orphaned by the age of 7 and lived in the boys home, Kingsley Hall. Charles enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment in August 1894 at the tender age of 14. Shortly afterwards he served in India. A stint in Ireland followed and he then found himself at the front.

There are about 100 photos. Some of him as the 1st Regiments Gymnastics Instructor, some of him as a young bugler when only 16, and many are from the Great War. The below examples are from that period.

The whole collection is being donated to the Cheshire Regiment Museum in Cheshire. However, it will also be going online as part of my 'A life in the Cheshires' website which is under construction at the moment.

NB: Please ask for permission to copy these pictures.

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