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Item of the Month – August 2014

Famous faces in World War I, Aldershot, July 1918Famous Faces in World War I

Aldershot, July 1918

As this month sees the centenary of the outbreak of what soon became known as The Great War, it seems appropriate to include a related photograph.  This particular one was taken late in the war and is of a group of Physical & Bayonet Training Instructors from The Artists Rifles Regiment.

We have some detail about the lives of two of the men in the photograph.  The man on the front row at the extreme right is Henry Moore (1898-1986), wounded in 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai in a gas attack.  He was sent back to regimental headquarters to train other recruits.  By the 1960s, Henry Moore was an internationally renowned sculptor.

The man directly behind Moore, middle row extreme right, is Douglas Houghton (1898-1996).  After the war he was leader of the Inland Revenue Staff Association union and later became a radio presenter in the 1930s and 1940s.  Houghton was MP for Sowerby Bridge area from 1949 until 1974 and he was a member of the Labour Cabinets from 1964-1970, thus making him the last person born in the Victorian era to be in Cabinet.  He finished his political career in the House of Lords where he spent some time working on legislation dealing with early satellite broadcasting.  From the trenches of Passchendaele to BskyB is by any definition a long life!

The Labour History Archive & Study Centre holds Houghton’s wartime correspondence to his family.  If you would like to see these papers, please contact the archive to make an appointment.