Mystery of old soldier after bundle of papers found

Wedding Memory Lane.
Wedding Memory Lane.
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THE picture above of a happy wedding is just one from a collection of pictures and memorabilia unearthed in our archives.

We do not know when the picture was taken or whose wedding it was.

Fascinating items with it – all bundled together in one envelope, addressed to A Rise Esq, Hill Crest, Belper Road, Belper, is a small brown diary which must have belonged to A Ride, who appeared to have been a member of A Squad, Derbyshire Yeomanry, with the first page containing the date 1915.

It appears to have been a diary kept during his time in France during the First World War as it talks of marches and going to the zoo in Cains – it even contains pressed flowers. in the collection is also a picture of a First World War soldier, we can assume is Private Ride, a postcard from Bournemouth, and an old picture of Chatsworth House.

There is also a will, which shows Private Ride – we cannot find his first name – was married to Beatrice. We would love to find out more about Private Ride and perhaps find his family to return such important keepsakes. We do not know how the pieces ended up at the Belper News.

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