Grave photo research – W E Arrand

Another discovery at the Antiques Fair in Sussex on Sunday was a photographic postcard showing the grave of Lance Corporal W E ARRAND in Lucknow India who died on 22nd January 1925 aged 24 years – on the back someone had written ‘British Soldier at rest in India R.I.P.’

W E ARRAND postcard front 6 6 16

W E ARRAND postcard reverse 6 6 16

Could I possibly research and reunite this old photograph with a living family member – well you know how much I like a challenge!

I started by finding the birth for  William Edward ARRAND in the June quarter of 1902 in Gainsbro’ Registration District and  his baptism took place on 7th June 1902 at Holy Trinity Church in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire – his date of birth being confirmed as 12th May 1902.

I then found him nine years later on the 1911 census aged 8 living at 17 Park Street in Scunthorpe – he was living with his parents Walter aged 31 and Alice aged 28 and Walter’s occupation is shown as a Labourer at the Frodingham Steel works. William had three siblings Owen aged 6, Lizzy aged 3 and Walter aged 8 months.


Source Information: 1911 England Census – Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 20080

The next record I found was William’s Burial in Lucknow, Bengal, India on 23rd January 1925 showing that he had died the previous day on 22nd January and from this I then found his entry in the UK Army Register of Effects records that stated William Edward ARRAND  was a Lance Corporal number 4793883 in the Lincolnshire Regiment.

W E ARRAND Soldiers effects

Source UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 –

Source Citation:National Army Museum; Chelsea, London, England; Soldiers’ Effects Records, 1901-60; NAM Accession Number: 1991-02-333; Record Number Ranges: 992501-994000; Reference: 613

From this I searched and found William’s name in several Ancestry family trees who I contacted accordingly – I have received several replies including the following which makes all the research and time worthwhile:

‘Many thanks Simon, I have added to my tree – thanks for taking the time to find him on a family tree. Regards John’

‘Hi Simon my name is Vicki and this photograph interests me, even though he is my 3 x 3 cousin  hope to hear from you soon. Vicki’

Some people would say it is only a photograph of a grave, but when the person has died and been buried overseas this could be the first time a relative has seen the final resting place of their ancestor!

Simon Last


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