Do you know this soldier?
|This photograph of an unidentified young
soldier was in a frame with a family tree
group, hanging on a wall in my Aunt’s
living room. Is he English?
When my family and I traveled to Mexico City to visit our Huesca family in June 2003, I spotted a large frame on the wall of one of my paternal aunts. The frame contained a pictorial family tree of the Huesca family, lovingly made for her by one of my Huesca Sánchez cousins.
Most of the photographs on the family tree were of my paternal grandparents, José Gil Alberto Cayetano and Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca, my great-grandmother and great-aunt, Maria (Amaro) Perrotin and Blanca Perrotin, and their 11 children, including my father, Gilbert Huesca, my aunt C., and their brothers and sisters. There were about five other small photographs in the frame that I did not recognize. These pictures were not placed on the family tree, because no one seemed to know who they were. At the time we looked at the photographs, neither my father nor my aunt were able to identify them.
I immediately asked my aunt, or Tía C. for permission to borrow the frame and make copies of the photographs from behind the glass. She was happy to loan it to me, and I am eternally grateful to her. It took some time to find a copy and print shop near our hotel. Bundling the frame with sweaters, I made my way through the press of pedestrians and headed to the shop, taking care to not bump into anyone on the way. Those who have been in Mexico City know this is no easy task.
The job took over an hour to complete, but it was worth the effort. Most of the copies turned out well, considering the photographs themselves were still under glass. This one, however, turned out a bit fuzzy, and it is hard to make out the name and location of the photographer on the bottom.
I cannot be sure, but I wonder if it is a portrait of Charles Bennett, son of Timothy and Maria Dolores (Perrotin) Bennett, of Ruardean, Gloucestershire, England.
If you can identify this handsome young man or have any thoughts on possible clues, let me know, and I will share the information in a later post.
Copyright © 2013 Linda Huesca Tully