British soldier bids farewell to his mother at end of leave

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Rather staged-looking, but poignant nonetheless, this photograph from the Imperial War Museum’s archive shows a soldier of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) bidding farewell to his mother prior to returning to the Western Front.

The photo was one of a series that supposedly depicted one private’s 14-day leave.

he original caption read: “’God speed. A mother’’s blessing.’”

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