The Globe and Mail today published a very nice story by Adrian Morrow about how the discovery of an WW I-era photo has led to an effort to gain recognition for Major Alfred Frank Mantle, who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
The photo was discovered at the University of Regina a couple of years ago, which led the discoverer — Professor Mark Brigham — to begin his a long and winding quest to find out who the man was and why his picture was stored at the university.
The story begins:
Sporting a fashionable officer’s mustache and gazing serenely off-camera, this Canadian First World War soldier has the bearing of a man older than his 30-some years. An inscription on the wood frame of the black-and-white photograph identifies him as Major Alfred Frank Mantle and gives his date of death – Sept. 26, 1916.
Read the story here.