In Part V of his account of life as an army child, Leslie Rutledge recalls moving to Sennelager, (West) Germany, and gaining three more sisters there, before briefly living in a hostel in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
Click for Part II of Leslie Rutledge's story, in which he tells of his father briefly returning to civvy street in Wales before rejoining the Royal Engineers in 1954 and then being posted to Korea, leaving his growing family behind in Perham Down, Wiltshire.
The style of the soldier’s uniform, together with those of his wife’s hair and clothes, suggest a date of around 1910.
TACA HOMELIVES & TIMESON THE MOVEPOSTINGSACCOMMODATIONHEALTHCARE & HOSPITALSSCHOOLINGMEMORIES & MISCELLANEAFAMOUS ARMY CHILDRENHISTORY MATTERS1914–18FORGOTTEN FACESARMY CHILDREN'S GRAVESCURRENT & RECENT RESEARCHLINKS & LITERATURECONTRIBUTING & CONDITIONSCONTACT TACATACA LATEST As the text at the foot of the image below tells us, we are looking at ‘Married Quarters, Station Road, Bordon’, additional details being ‘Tribe Series’ and ‘No. It is not clear when the photograph was taken, but it was printed on a postcard mount with a divided back, which means that it dates from 1902.
There is a message written in pencil: ‘this is the Place were [sic] I am staying the 3rd Block on the left, no shops only Barracks and Feilds [sic] the last Place ever made’.
Their sleeping baby is wearing a christening gown, indicating that this photograph was taken to mark his or her baptism.
October 2017 marks The Army Children Archive’s tenth anniversary, and we send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has so generously contributed to TACA, or has otherwise taken an interest in it, over the past decade.