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DO you recognise any of the people in this picture?

Hartlepool man Bob Jackson has been busy tracing his family tree and would like to hear from anyone who can shed any light on the photograph.

Bob’s uncle, William Walker, also from the town, was a lance corporal with the Scottish Light Infantry in the First World War, from 1914 to 1918.

A book, My Experiences in the Great War, featuring William’s memoirs from the conflict, was published with kind permission from his daughter Annie, also known as Nancy, who is 87 and lives in the Park Road area of town.

Bob, 69, who lives in The Oval in Hartlepool, says the book features pictures of William in his later life and it’s possible that he could be the man standing on the right of the picture, but he is not sure.

Father-of-four Bob would like to know more about the man and the other people featured.

Nancy loaned Bob a photograph album which was her mothers and the picture was in it.

Unfortunately, Nancy is blind, and can’t help identify people.

Grandfather-of-five Bob, who worked as a process operator for Phillips Petroleum for 25 years and is married to Lynda, said: “It’s probably four or five generations on the pictures.

“Neither Nancy or any of her children know who the people are.

“We don’t know who they are, it’s very old and my uncle William’s long gone.

“There possibly may be another branch of the family with the same photograph.”

William’s early years were spent in Raby Street on Hartlepool’s Headland and he attended Galleysfield School.

He started out an apprentice riveter at Gray’s shipyard.

It was there that he started thinking about enlisting as a soldier. “All the workmen were talking about joining up and seeing the world,” said Bob, who knew William.

“But when you read the book, the reality of war is absolutely horrendous. “William and his comrades were sent on a trip to Aberdeen but they got as far as Edinburgh and then weren’t fed. “The bosses dressed them in postmen’s uniforms, they fought in the war, got wounded and were sent back.”

William’s memoirs were written as a manuscript and kept in a bottom drawer for many years.

When he died, Nancy kept the memoirs and they were made into a book after her eldest son met with publishers.

William was married to Annie (nee Wilson), who was the sister of Honor, Bob’s mother.

The sisters were among a brood of 14 siblings, which include Gertrude Kloed.

Gertrude appeared in the Mail in 2006 when her long-lost niece and Bob’s cousin, Veronica Tanner, the daughter of Gertrude, Annie and Honor’s sister Agnes Wilson, was reunited with the family with help from Together Again.

l ANYONE who can help Bob identify the people in the photograph can email him at l.jackson13@ntlworld.com.