Brothers Barton

Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
My answer to the prompt this week is not two girls, but two boys or very young men.

These two dapper gentlemen are barely men. On the left my grandfather Ralph at age 18 in Paris, France. On the right his older brother, my great-uncle Frank.

They were born and brought up in New Brunswick, Canada. Both served in the military for their country and met in Paris for a brief time in the midst of war. I'm not sure which branch my great-uncle was with but my grandfather fought with the Mac Lean's Kilties a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

In fact you can see Ralph is wearing a kilt!


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Comments

Peter said…
I am sure it was not a coincidence they met in Paris but it must have been a very special meeting all the same. A valuable picture!
Unknown said…
I love the uniform with the kilt! What a great picture. They both look so calm given the situation!
Jinksy said…
I noticed the kilt straight away - how unusual!

I seem to be in the midst of a crowd of word verification addicts! Am I the only person who objects to time wasted trying to decipher the blooming numbers, ofter harder to understand than the word! When I started blogging in 2009, I soon learned the sky doesn't fall if you lose the WV! Why not try?
Bob Scotney said…
They must have had a very good reason to pose for a photograph in Paris during wartime.
Kathy said…
I bet they were happy to have the opportunity to meet up in Paris and take this picture. Even in the midst of war, a little time for family.
21 Wits said…
Handsome boys indeed! ...and a kilt too!
Postcardy said…
Eighteen seems awfully young to be fighting in France. At least he survived.
Now that is a very cool photo! This must have been such a wonderful reunion for them. Such a special event that they took a photo together.
Wendy said…
What a nice photo and a wonderful story of a war-time reunion.
Mike Brubaker said…
A fine photo to treasure. I've been reading a lot about WW1 and uniform identification. I almost missed the kilt because I was concentrating on your uncle's dress. I believe he is wearing "Hospital Blues" which was a special uniform for convalescing troops. It was usually issued to wounded soldiers in Britain. So the photo may have been taken at some military hospital in England and not Paris. Here is a link with explanation and photos.

http://greatwarphotos.com/tag/wounded/
Kat Mortensen said…
It is a grand photo, Doug. I can only imagine what fighting on the cold battlefields of France would have been like in a KILT!
DougVernX said…
Thanks for the great information. That coat definitely matches. I've never heard that Uncle Frank was wounded or sick during the war but we never spoke with him much as he lived in New Brunswick and we in Massachusetts. I saw him only perhaps 5 times when I was a child. The photo was captioned as being taken in Paris by my mother and she could have been mistaken about what my grandfather had told her about it. Is there a place where I might find my uncle's war record?
Mike Brubaker said…
Happy to help. Try these links:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-100.01-e.php

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

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