I've picked up my family history research again after a hiatus of several years and love digging deep to find out more than just names and dates to really get a feel for the people in my extended family.
This young man is William Alfred Douch, Private 203925 of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, Formerly 225725, Northants Regiment, born on 11th July 1896. Scrawled on the back of the photo is : "Killed on active service in World War I on 26th October 1917, aged 21".
His parents had a tragic family history. His mother, Isabella Jane Douch nee Sands, my great-great-grandfather's sister, had three children in total : William was the eldest, Robert in 1899 who died aged 1 and Grace in 1902 who also died in her first year of life. After losing William in the fighting in Flanders in World War I, both Isabella and her husband William were killed during the bombings in World War II.
(If you've found this page because you have a connection, you can find out more on my family history blog at http://goingbacktomyrootsfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2016/04/my-gx2-grandfathers-sister-isabella.html but it's very much a work in progress !)