Incredible Images Discovered in a French Attic After 100 Years. Is One of These Brave Tommies Your Ancestor?

The 4,000 images of anonymous Western Front troops were uncovered almost a century after they were taken, having lain hidden in an attic in a farm house in northern France.

This incredible collection of photos have meticulously been restored by a team of researchers led by Australian journalist Ross Coulthart for his book ‘The Lost Tommies’.

And now for the first time a sample of the best quality images have been painstakingly brought to life by colourisation expert Tom Marshall, in a haunting testament to the brave but mostly unidentified soldiers from the brutal war.

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For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.
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It was here that local couple Louis and Antoinette Thuillier hit on the idea of taking portrait photos of soldiers passing through the town to send home to their worried families.
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