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Riddle of the mystery hero

Historian Paul G Smith from Winmarleigh is appealing for help in learning more about the soldier known as 'Garstang lad'

Historian Paul G Smith from Winmarleigh is appealing for help in learning more about the soldier known as 'Garstang lad'

An historian working on a book on Garstang’s World War One war dead is puzzled after learning about a soldier with apparent local links who served in the conflict.

Nineteen names are recorded on the Great War plaque on Garstang’s war memorial, Park Hill Road, though it is known that others with connections to the town died have their names on memorials in nearby villages.

The mystery began when postcard collector Chris Oldroyd, who lives near Garstang, obtained a postcard bearing a picture of a soldier with the words “Garstang lad.”

He showed it to historian Paul G Smith who is working on a book, “Garstang’s Great War heroes.” due to be published later this year.

The picture (above) shows the young soldier seated in a classic wartime studio pose. The reverse of the card simply states “Garstang Lad” and below that, the word (possibly the soldier’s surname) POUND, and the year 1917.

Paul said: “I have been unable to shed any light on the young man. His features did not seem familiar. Moreover, Pound, if it was his surname, was not local to our area. His cap badge, however, revealed he was serving in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, based at Fulwood Barracks.”

Call Paul on 01524 793549 if you can help.

 

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