The Great War

Displayed in the museum are 163 postcard portraits of men between the ages of 18 and 55 years. They represent the 163 men honoured on Felixstowe’s war memorial for their lives given in WW1.IMG_4013webTo get some perspective on the loss of lives to the families and the community these postcard portraits directly represent the age at death of the honoured men.

The names listed were researched with the help of the Felixstowe Museum, The Royal British Legion Roll of Honour, 1911 census, Forces War records and Find My Past, to ascertain the individual’s age at death. 163 men, appropriately aged, were randomly approached in the town;  they agreed to have their portraits taken there and then in a temporary studio.

The portraits are presented in sepia toned postcard format, representing the format of the era. Studios provided such a service during the war period, sometimes providing the families and friends with the only visual record of the individual and often the final communication.