In January 1916 he sent the picture postcard back to Dibdale Road in Dudley with the message, “Hello Mabs Laugh and the world laughs with you Snore! And you sleep alone. Love to all at home.”
I went looking for the house but Dibdale Road is a long one and even though I know that the house was Dibdale Villas I doubt that I will find it.
So for now it is that ambulance and the casual smiles of the two soldiers which drew me in.
There will be those who can tell me much more about the type of ambulance, when it came into service and its general specifications.
For now I note that it could hold eight patients along with the driver and one attendant.
We will probably never know much more and as such it is just one of those many pictures from the Great War with images of young men who are now lost in time.
But it does allow me to mention David Harrop who lent me the picture postcard and may well be exhibiting it in his collection of memorabilia which tells the story of the Great War and are on permanent display in the Remembrance
Lodge at Southern Cemetery.
Location; the Western Front circa 1916
Picture; ambulance and two soldiers, circa 1916 courtesy of David Harrop