Thanks for all the info and also the war documents, i haven't seen those before, William Allison Hackney was George's brother, and its only been in the last few months that i found out he was in the war aswell, and i think you are right about photo no.9 being him, as i have a photo of him at a wedding, and i have been comparing the 2 photo's and i think it is him! so thank you for that. There was another brother who fought in the first world was, he is Samuel Hackney who was with the Manchester regt (no.3826) so maybe one of the photo's is him?
Yes those boys on picture 5 look very young! i have shown this to my nana, and she said her dad is on that picture, and she thinks they were cadets..her dad is George hackney and he is on the front row, 1st left.
The information that you have supplied on Samuel explains pictures 1 and 2.
Samuel Hackney joined the Manchester Regiment in 1893 and was given the number 3826. He had fought in the Boer War and had been awarded the Queen's South African and King's South African medals.
Having previously been in the Army he would have on the list of reserves who would be called up in the event of a national crises. The start of the Great War being one such crisis.
Absent Voters 1918:
This page of Samuel's service record shows that he served with the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (service number 3794), it also shows that his address is 5 Nuttall St. These facts match those given in the Absent Voters.
The following image (taken from service record) shows that he was a prisoner of war from 23/12/14 till the 25/12/1918.
Hope this helps place a few more pieces in the jigsaw.
Thanks Garry, so you think Picture 1 and 2 is more likely to have Samuel in them, as it is the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and you had mentioned in a previous post that you thought the man in Pic 1 in the middle looked like the man in the middle of the back row on pic 2, it must be Samuel. I have seen Samuel's war papers on Ancestry, and with them was a letter from his wife and it seemed that Samuel had gone missing at some point, and as you have pointed out, he was a prisoner of war, which i didn't know, some of the writing can be hard to read, so he was a prisoner of war for 4 years! wow... that is a long time, and his family must have been so worried. Thanks again Garry for helping with all of this, it is really interesting piecing everything together and trying to work out who's who on the photo's. While Samuel was a prisoner, would he have had any contact with anyone, like his family or the regt he was with? i'm really interested to find out more now.
I have studied the pictures for a good few hours and if I had to bet on it I would say that Samuel is pictured in 4, 6, and 2 (man sat at the very front). We know that he served with the Manchesters in India and South Africa (pictures 4 & 6) and that he served with the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment during WW1. His service record and medal index card shows that he was never promoted, he retained the rank of private throughout the war, so this would rule him out of being one of the men in picture 1. Picture 1 may be friends of Samuel and may have been in communication with the family after Samuel's capture. Please be aware that I could be totally wrong with all of the above and it should be treated with due caution.
Alison, unfortunately there aren’t any clues in the photograph (cap badges are the best form of regimental identification but he isn’t wearing one).
Best regards Pete
Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regt - DOW at Bray-sur-Somme on 18th February 1917
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment (pictured) - KIA during at trench raid at Hulluch, France on 18th May 1918
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA DOW 4th September 1918
Private 4131324 Sidney Lee, 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment, KIA during the bombing of Wallasey on 12th March 1941