IT’S A primitive photo album consisting of two thick brown cardboard covers tied together by green twine. But inside is a treasure trove of photographs from a century ago.
Here, Edith Le Patourel shares the contents of her mother Kathleen Martin’s album, containing photographs she took of her brother, Frank Martin. ‘He and his brother ran Martin Brothers’ Tobacconists on 39-41 High Street,’ Edith explained. ‘It’s a women’s clothes shop now but the side door still has a mosaic in the doorway. Frank joined the 1st battalion RGLI.
‘Inside there are photos and pen-written descriptions of Frank and ‘Brock’ taking the ‘Royal Guernsey Militia Colours into the Town Church, May 31st 1917’ and ‘Lieutenant Ingrouille taking the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Colours into the Town Church 17th May 1919. The Colours were presented to the RGLI by the King.’