As any of you who have followed me for any time will know, my Great Uncle Charles Gibson was killed in October 1918 right near the end of the war aged 19. In my family possession we have a fine picture of Charlie in his best Seaforth Highlanders uniform. This picture features on my website and on this blog, the original was black and white but a friend colourised it for me.
A few days back I was contacted by a lady in Somerset saying she had the exact same photograph, it had been in her family for decades but no one knew who its was.
With it was a cap badge backed with black hackle and a regimental post card.
After a couple of emails back and forward between us it transpired that her Grandmother and my Great Grandfather were brother and sister from Airdrie in Lanarkshire. My side of the family had moved east to Midlothian, her side had moved to Somerset via London.
Being honest you could have knocked me down with a feather.
The photo on the left is my one, the one below was sent to me.
The power of the Internet – amazing.