A poignant memento of a family serving in the Great war. The Leicestershire Regiment soldier in the middle picture is Pte 5978 later 242269 Frederick Percy Sapsford who served in one of the regiments territorial battalions having enlisted in the summer of 1916, he was "runner" this was a vital role as communications during battle were very difficult with telephone lines being constantly cut in the heat of war. Frederick told his daughter that he was one of two runners in his battalion and an award of a Military Medal was on offer and the two runners "tossed" up for it and Frederick lost! During the war Frederick was wounded in the thigh by shrapnel and suffered frost bite in his big toe. He went on to serve in the Second world war surviving Dunkirk and the North African campaign. As Fredericks copper plate handwriting states these photographs were carried by him on active service the image on the left is of his father who was a reservist in the London Irish and the image on the right is of Fredericks half brother Victor who was tragically killed on the 8/8/1918 whilst serving with the 3rd battalion Royal Fusiliers. Many thanks to Anne Cross.