On another of my recent travels I found this old photograph in a second hand shop in Ipswich in Suffolk showing the Mons Officer Cadet School dated November 1951 and I have been carrying out some research to see if I can possibly reunite it with a family member or anyone that might be interested in it.
As part of this research I posted the photograph on a military related Facebook page and was thrilled to be contacted by a gentleman called Alan who shared some fascinating information about one of the men shown in this 1951 photograph – CSM D J (R) HUXLEY MM
Alan found the Citation for CSM Douglas John Huxley and discovered that he died on 19th July 2011 and sent me this link to a website. http://www.arborfield-september49ers.co.uk/huxley-dj.htm that has lots of information about his fascinating life and military service.
The entry for Douglas’s MM in the London Gazette 12th July 1945
Douglas ended his days as a Chelsea Pensioner and Alan is now very kindly helping me to try and locate a relative, who may be interested in the old photograph.
It is always a great sense of satisfaction to me when something that one person has given away or discarded may be reunited with someone else who will value and treasure it.