Photo Identification

Photo Identification

This page supplements the Photo identification pages on the Legacy website with photos received since September 2020, and requests which have been verified with the original requestor in December 2020. To avoid cluttering up this page, please refer to the legacy website for requests which have not yet been confirmed as still valid.

If you would like us to publish any mystery photos, contact us via the Chairman

You may also wish to post images yourself on our Facebook Group which often gets a quicker response.

See also our Help Wanted pages for similar requests.

Adams - mystery lady

Ancell Studio portraits

Arreton - St George's Mothers Union

Brading School 1920s

Brighstone cottage, New family

Coleman family photos

Cotton family photos

Green family photos

Fry family photos

Fry family photos

Harbourn family photo

King family photos

Norris wedding ca 1930

Pain - Medals awarded to Albert Pain

Ryder family photos - and Salvation Army

Sheath family photos - Harry Who?

Scovell family photos

Stickland family photos

Spiro ancestors

Tennant family

W.V.S. Outing, Ventnor, 1948


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The first photo is my mum (middle) and two army friends on the outbreak of WW2. I think the lady with glasses is the lady sat in a deckchair in the second photo, with our two families on an IoW beach; we travelled there to visit them. I remember only a small part of the trip, watching harbour lights in the dark from a boat. It would be nice if someone on the IoW could identify the lady and her family and maybe have a photo that is not in their family album. I am the small boy sat front right as you view the 1954/5 photo. My parents were John and Ellen (née Olsen) TENNANT from Birkenhead.

Thanks to Robert Tennant for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted on 1 Feb 2020, verified November 2020


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A photograph came recently into my possession which is rumoured to show members of the HARBOURN family, I have enclosed a copy of the photograph. There is an inscription at the rear of the photograph saying "From the St. Boniface Studio, 137, High St., Ventnor"
Research has shown that this photographic studio was operated by James BRIDDON (1827-1894), followed by his son John Edward BRIDDON (1854-1941). The photograph is somewhat of a conundrum as I am struggling to identify anybody depicted.
There is a possibility that my great-grandfather George HARBOURN (1861-1932) is the gentleman seated on the chair, or the younger person behind him wearing a bow-tie.
If he is the younger person, there is a possibility that the gentleman seated is my 2x great-grandfather William HARBOURN (1813-1879). I lack the expertise to date the photograph and would be very grateful if anybody could advise me on the likely time period as this might help me to identify the individuals.
Naturally any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to Stephen Randall for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted on 4 May 2020


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The photos shown are believed to be members of a COTTON family - can anyone help identify them ?

Thanks to Beulah Digger for the images. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted on 27 May 2020


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Photo 1 : Wedding photo with unidentified people, the couple No 5 & 6 look like they are in photo No 2. from 1918, ZENILLY wedding 1 & 2.
Photo 2 : ZENILLY Wedding photo. 1918.
Photo 3 : This small Pewter? Cream jug has the mark "J K & Co 1" on the bottom. It is three and a half inches tall. All I know is that it belonged to my great grandfather, Fredrick COOPER born 24.11.1865, Ryde IOW. My mother said that "He won it in a race". She didn't know what kind of race. I don't think he owned a bicycle and I doubt he would have time for swimming or rowing, so it was probably a running race.
I have seen two other jugs like this, One was owned by a lady who told me her brother won it in a race!, ( she lived in Wiltshire) no other info, and the other one, which my next door neighbour has, belonged to her aunt but she knows nothing about it. Can anyone help?
Photo 4 : I have several photos of the of Salvation Army; here is the Ryde band c 1926 - some names are missing - can any one put a name to them?
Photo 5 : Salvation Army Home League c 1936 - they are numbered 1-46 - again, any information would be appreciated.
Photo 6 : Unidentified Wedding
All I know about this photograph is that it came from Elizabeth Fanny Matilda RYDER (nee WHITE) born 21.11.1886 at Carisbrooke IOW. Her parents were Charles John WHITE & Fanny BARNET of Cowes; grandparents were John WHITE & Ellen Fanny BLOW of Cowes and Henry John BARNET & Maria Elizabeth BLAKER of Cowes. Her husband was Walter RYDER who was born 1882 and lived South Warnborough, Alton; he was in the army. His parents were Walter RYDER & Eliza Rose who lived in South Warnborough, Alton). Elizabeth & Walter married 30.9.1907 at St James Parish church East Cowes - at the time she was working for the vicar.
Other Island names connected with Elizabeth Fanny Matilda RYDER's siblings were SQUIB, JONES, BRITTEN and ZANNILLY.
Photo 7 : I think this is a Salvation Army women's & children outing. The only ones I know are: front row sitting, far right Elizabeth Taylor nee Cooper, who lived at Colenuts Rd, Haylands, & third from right sitting, Florence LACEY nee HIGGINS, who lived at Cross St, Elmfield, Ryde.
Photo 8 : St Johns Sunday School,1907. This post card was posted on 15 May 1907, to Miss A Higgins, 30a George St, St Clements, it read "Dear Annie is this anything like your Sunday class, my brother is on the left of the top row, love to all Ethel" (Annie was her sister- in -law) This is possibly, Douglas Frank HERBERT, born in 1894 making him 13 at the time of the post card. Ethel HERBERT married Harry HIGGINS; she lived at Oak villas, Upper Oak Hill, Ryde, opposite the Parish Hall. The boy standing next to him looks like one of the LACEYs who lived near the HERBERTs. Later Joseph LACEY married Harry HIGGINS' sister Florence.

Thanks to Ann Ryder for the images. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted on several occasions over the years, verified 9 January 2021


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This picture shows members of St George's Mothers Union in 1934. It was unearthed in the Arreton community hall, but unfortunately no-one has been identified, nor why the ladies are dressed in these costumes. Let us know if you know who they are !

Thanks to Simon Dodson for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted on 19 Nov 2020


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I have these photos in my collection that I can't identify: - does anyone knows anything about them and/or if anyone also has an interest in them from a family perspective.
Picture 1 - Two children called Doreen and Kingsley dated 1913/14. Connected somehow to the White family particularly Winifred Caroline White 1896-1967.
Picture 2 - Two children called Royston and Marjorie, connected somehow to the White family particularly Winifred Caroline White 1896-1967.
Picture 3 - Unknown Wedding party, perhaps connected to the White or Brown families of Cowes/Newport.
Picture 4 - Picture of Mews Stores in Wootton, does anyone know how this might link to the White/Brown or Stone family ?

Thanks to Peter Stone for the images. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted on 4 Sep 2020


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These medals were, I was told, awarded to my father, Albert Percy PAIN. The inscription on the back of two of them reads R L V W L Winners 1927-28. On one of the medals on the chain the inscription round the edge reads L V W L Winners 1927, 28, 29. If anyone can give me any information I would be grateful. There was a suggestion they could be in connection with water polo, but that is extremely vague.

Thanks to Janet Pain for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted April 2020, verified December 2020


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This image shows a W.V.S. 'Darby and Joan' club outing from Ventnor to Freshwater on 21st April 1948, outside Randall's Garage in the High Street. The W.V.S. set up a number of these clubs post-WW II to look after the needs of elderly residents.
I would like to know if anyone can identify any of the people shown. The photo came from a collection where the family names included NORRIS and MOGANO.

Thanks to David Russell for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted November 2019, verified December 2020


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These two studio portraits were taken by G & H Ancell, of Sandown, around the 1910 period. I would like to know if anyone can identify the ladies portrayed.

Thanks to David Russell for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted November 2019, verified December 2020


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This wedding group shows Bruce Charles Douglas Norris (Article in Journal number 127, Fatal motor cycle accident); Bruce is at the back and second from the left. I think that this is a Norris family wedding photo around 1930 - it would be good if the other people could have a name put to them - can anyone help ?

Thanks to David Russell for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted July 2018, verified December 2020


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I have recently acquired this photograph of a cottage at Sutton Farm, Brighstone. It was the home of several generations of the NEW family. They are first seen in the 1841 census, but seem to have disappeared by 1911, many moving to Freshwater. I would be very much interested, if anyone recognises the two people in the photograph.

The second photograph was given to me, by a fellow researcher from the SPANNER line, some time ago. The only information I had was that it was Mr and Mrs NEW, and whilst I have Spanner in my line (John married Mary Spanner 1815 Chale), this photograph is obviously much later. Can anyone throw any light on this couple ?

Thanks to Lee New for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted July 2013 / May 2015, verified December 2020


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Picture 1 - Bettesworth Road School, Haylands, Ryde taken about 1925. My partner's Dad - Raymond GREEN is on back row next to teacher.

Picture 2 - Partlands ARP Parade. Ryde 1941. My partner's Grandad: Ben GREEN is 3rd from right front row. Grandad was warden at Haylands post from the start of the war till his death in 1943.

Picture 3 - Haylands FC - IOW Junior Cup winners 1947-48. We have no names for this, it was amongst photos sent from recently passed away relatives.

Picture 4 - Unknown football team. Maybe works team from Saunders Row in 1940s? On back row far right is partner's uncle, Ben GREEN (junior). Ben worked in the drawing office at Saunders Row and Westland for many years. Otherwise no other names known. Hopefully someone may be able to identify some of the people in these pictures

Helen has had some responses as follows :

Picture 3 - Back Row 2nd Left: Bill Brading. Goalkeeper: Derek Sloper. Far Right Front Row: possibly Don Dollery.

Picture 4 - 4th Left Back Row: Bill Brading. 3rd Left Front Row: Derek Sloper. Far Left Front Row: possibly Ken Collins. Both pictures are Haylands FC taken at Pell Lane during the 1940s.

Thanks to Helen Dolman for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted March 2015, verified December 2020


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Second cousins Paul Sheath, Paul Boynton and Julie Doel have been sharing photos and information to help develop and build their Isle of Wight family trees. Paul Sheath has discovered this photo that was in his late father Peter's collection. The photo is undated but there is a handwritten note on the back which reads '?Harry Who?'. So far none of the family members has been able to identify who this 'Harry' person is. If you know who this person is, please contact me ...

Thanks to Julie Doel for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted January 2019, verified December 2020


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I'm hoping Society members might be able to help with the identification of the attached photos which my grandfather Albert Jackson SCOVELL brought to Australia in 1910. I can only presume they were close family.

Photo No 5 shows Arthur John LOOSEMORE, Baker & Grocer, 62 Pyle St, Newport. He was at this address in 1901.

Evelyn Miller writes in January 2014 :
Photo No 3 is my grandfather Albert Jackson SCOVELL's step brother George Henry SCOVELL. George was born 6 Oct 1896, Newport Isle of Wight and died of wounds in Palestine 22 Apr 1917. His army details : Rifleman G.H. SCOVELL 330178 1st/8th Hampshire Regiment. (Isle of Wight Rifles) He is buried at the Kantara War Cemetery in Egypt.

Photo No 6 Back line: My grandfather Albert Jackson SCOVELL, his sister Clara (called Ciss), Australian soldier, not known ?, Front line: Arthur POINTER and wife (Ivy nee SCOVELL Albert's step sister), Albert's sister Marion (called May) Australian soldier, Albert's step sister either Mabel or Ethel, (Australian soldier is James GRIMMETT Albert's brother in law), Albert's step sister either Mabel or Ethel, Albert's step-mother Ellen SCOVELL.

Photo may have been taken before he returned to Australia in 1919.

Thanks to Evelyn Miller for the images. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted March 2013, verified December 2020


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Please let me know if you can add any names or more information about these photos.

First photo (1 and 2) is of a group of children, including my father Aubrey Fry. The reverse of the photo gives some identifications which may be of use to someone.

Names include : Rosie Osborne, Lily Fry, D Edwards, Doris Hayter
Hld Winter, R Walshe, Aubrey Fry, G Lester
Fred Edwards
Molly Thompson
Gladys Ivory, Ruby Edwards, Bill Marchment


Photos (3 and 4) attached have been marked as Empire Tea 05.06.1920. My Grandfather Albert Fry is the gent leaning forward. This is puzzling as Empire Day would have been held earlier in the year surely? [Empire Day was 24 May - Ed.] I Don't know why there appears to be a similar event held outside somewhere on the same day. My other Grandmother and uncle are in the outdoor shot.

Photo (5) is of the Isle of Wight Observer Corps taken in 1943. My Grandfather, Albert Fry is 4th from right standing.

Photo (6) appears to be some sort of celebration, perhaps the end of the war in 1918. Location ? - could be Isle of Wight, or to lesser extent depending on which branch of the family - Rochester Kent, maybe Southampton, I have no idea.
[It looks like the dedication of a War memorial, but it certainly isn't on the Island - Ed.]

Photo (7) My mother attended an 'Army School' just before the First World War at or near Parkhurst, Isle of Wight. The photo shows her (Phyllis WILSON) next to the soldier on the right.

Photo (8) from the family archives shows my mother and father viewing a boxing match, with the boxers wearing strange cat masks. I have no idea where. It would have been at about 1925. May have been on the Isle of Wight, or possibly London where they both worked prior to their marriage in 1929.

Photo (9) shows my father Frank Aubrey Fry at school in about 1910. He is third from the right. His brother Cyril is on the extreme left.

Photo (10) is of my Grandfather Albert Fry as a young officer at Parkhurst, complete with sword !

Photo (11) Albert Fry in the 1920's, I guess as Chief Officer

Photo (12) and (13): two photos of the Parkhurst Ladies Rifle Club. My Grandmother Alice Wilson is second from right middle row in the larger group, and front right in the smaller group.

My father was Frank Aubrey FRY b. 1903

Grandfather was Albert Edmund FRY born 26 Jan 1885, who was an officer at Parkhurst and went on to be Chief Officer
Grandmother - Lily FRY (née STEVENS) born 1877

My mother was Phyllis Louise FRY (née WILSON) born 14 Dec 1903

Grandfather - John (Jock) WILSON b. 1872 - Prison Officer
Grandmother - Alice Elizabeth Anne WILSON (née WOOLMER) b. 1872

Thanks to Roger Fry for the images. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted February 2013, verified December 2020


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Here is a request for help from anyone who has a coachman in their family. The attached photo came from Beatrice Dulcena YOUNG née WHITTINGTON of Newbridge 1890-1987. It shows a group of coachmen with whips and horn. Some have cigars so it was probably a special occasion. There is likely to be a family connection or it may be from the West Wight area. One theory, still unconfirmed, is that the man far left is Charles Harry MORRIS 1873-1949, coachman to DR WYNDHAM COTTLE 1847 - 1919 of Ningwood Manor. Any help to identify these men would be much appreciated.

Thanks to Hilary Higgins for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted November 2012, verified December 2020


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I recently visited my late great Aunt's sister who was kind enough to let me copy some pictures. The attached picture is from her schooldays when she was on the Isle of Wight, taken in Brading about the late 1920s.
There are three girls to the left of the main group, Mary COUSINS is the 2nd from left. It is possible that her older sister [Mabel] Ruth may have been in the group too though I don't recognise her. Mary is registered blind so cannot help with visual identification. The name of the school is unknown. The COUSINS girls Ivy [1912 - 2008], Ruth [1914 - 2010] and Mary [1919 -] were only on the Island for about three years. They lived in Brading where their father Harry was head gardener at Nunwell Park. Ivy, incidentally met her future husband Fred LEE [1904 - 1971] on the Island as he was also working at Nunwell Park.
Any further information would be appreciated.

Thanks to Terry Bridger for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted March 2012, verified December 2020


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These three photos show (1) Harry COLEMAN as a policeman on duty;
(2) Masters the Bakers' shop at 16 High Street, Sandown;
(3) the School Report of William COLEMAN from 1902.

Harry Coleman was my great-grandfather, who was a Sergeant in Ryde and later Sandown. The photograph shows him on duty. I am presuming it is Sandown? Outside a big hotel? Obviously a special occasion with 'top brass' arriving in the carriage. Could anyone shed any light on this image? [Ed. This is the Ocean Hotel in Sandown High Street.]

The other two images are really just out of interest. My father's name was Harry ROSE and his mother, who worked in the bakery as a girl, was Amelia COLEMAN (born 1890). Her brother was William COLEMAN (born 1888) and it is his school report I have attached.

Thanks to Sharon Morris for the images. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted March 2012, verified December 2020


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This mystery lady appears in a photograph from about 1850, and I believe it is from the Isle of Wight. I have an idea of who it might be, but would like to hear from anybody who recognises her.

Thanks to Doug Adams for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted May 2011, verified December 2020


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These are photos which could come from the Isle of Wight. They will be from either the STICKLAND family or the STAINER family. They were all sent to an Edward Stickland who went to Australia in 1878, so we're not sure if they were of his own family or his wife's. Edward's brother Henry farmed in Thorley and Arreton for his adult life, though he was born in Puddletown, Dorset.
A descendant of Edward in Australia is writing a book on the family, and it would be great to include names for these unknowns.

Thanks to Betty Campbell for the images. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted February 2010, verified December 2020


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This picture is of my grandmother Rose Louisa ODELL (née KING) who was born on the Island 1st January 1900 at 20 Merton Terrace, Newport. She is shown here with a man in military uniform, It is possible that it is her brother Frederick KING who was killed in action overseas in 1917, but I am not certain.
I wondered if anyone out there would have any ideas not only on the identity of the man but where Merton Terrace would have been.

Thanks to Andrew Wood for the image. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted April 2008, verified December 2020


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The photo is of some bakers from St Helens. My Great Uncle Jack HENLEY is in the middle of the front row. His brother Ted may be one of the men, but I'd love to find out who the others were. Jack was born around 1877, and I think this was taken around 1900 to 1910. Jack married Agnes CAWS in 1909.
This photo is one of a fairly large collection that my mother kept in a carrier bag. I have safely scanned them all now. Unfortunately, she can no longer remember who the people are. A timely reminder to all of us, to write the details on the back of family photos, not just names, but dates too.

Thanks to Sally-Ann Garrett for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted 2009, verified December 2020


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I found this photo amongst old papers and photos that belonged to my grandparents (English & Scottish).
Not sure what the uniform is (it is not military and I am told it's not railway). Maybe someone will throw some light on it.
They did have a nephew named Harry Hearl (from Swindon WILTS) who was a radio officer on merchant/passenger ships in the early 1930's. However, I have a slightly older photo of Harry and I do not see a resemblance.
Family names being researched are: Baskett & Coppinger (Isle of Wight), Briggs (Hampshire & Kent), Carver (Hampshire) & Baker (Kent).

Thanks to Ann Spiro for the image. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted January 2009, verified December 2020