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Orcadian soldiers

Studio photo by unknown photographer pre-1914.
My uncle Charlie Hourston of Beaquoy seated (as befits a lance-corporal) with, according to the inscription on the back, James Flett ? of Newhall, on left and James Ritch of Kierfiold on right.
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Picture added on 23 April 2011 at 15:46
Charlie Hourston ended Great War a Sergeant, both James as Corporal (or Bombardier). James Flett married Annie Gaudie in January 1915, son James born that year. Family went to New Zealand after the war. James jr was killed at Cassino in a NZ tank unit in May 1944. Sister Fiona Winskill, born when James aged 60 in his second marriage, visited Orkney last summer. Photos of both James (Dad in civvies, son in uniform) and the grave at Cassino shown on the Legion website at www.rbls-kirkwall.org.uk/memorials/Bir.htm
Added by Brian Budge on 27 April 2011
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