Appeal over Belper charity shop soldier painting

The painting of the 'Belper soldier' found in a charity shop in the town
The painting of the 'Belper soldier' found in a charity shop in the town

A member of a Belper genealogy society has turned up an interesting painting of a Second World War soldier on a recent trip round the town’s second hand shops - and now the society is appealing for help in finding out who he is.

The painting was spotted by a member of the society in the Red Cross charity shop on King Street and purchased for £15 shortly after.

The only thing the society has to go on is an inscription on the reverse of the painting identifying the person pictured as, simply, a ‘Belper Soldier’.

Belper genealogy society member, Richard Pinkett, said: “We have been trying to identify the man to either return the painting to his family or donate it to the North Mill Museum.

“It would be great to have a name and maybe a potted history of the man and find his family - any information would be great.”

“We don’t know for definite that he was in the Derbyshire Yeomanry, but we are just hoping he may have been in our local regiment.”

The only other information the society has to go on are the medals the soldier has been awarded which are proudly displayed on his left breast pocket.

From left to right, they are the military cross, the 1939-45 star, the Africa star with clasp MID or King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct, the defence medal and the war medal 1939-1945.

Anyone with information on the identity of the mystery soldier is asked to email Richard at agedpink@live.co.uk.