Week 2 of 52 (2022) Ancestors – Favourite Find

So this weeks ‘Favourite Find’ could also cover next weeks ‘Favourite photo’ as well! But it won’t. I have already chosen my favorite photo.

Week 2 (11-17Jan) prompt is Favourite Find

I was struggling to think of a ‘favourite find’ that I hadn’t already written about and then I remembered finding a photo which was a pretty big deal to not only myself but my mum and aunt.

When I was researching my maternal great grandfather, Stanley Gordon Snowdon, I decided to do a ‘Google’ search. I eagerly put his name in to see if I could find anything else. I had a copy of his WW1 service record but I just wanted to see if there was anything more.

I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the search results. There in black and white was the most adorable studio photo of Private Stanley Gordon Snowdon from the Darge Photographic Company.

I did already have a gorgeous photo of ‘Deedad’ and Nanna Snowdo from their wedding in 1920 on his return to Australia but he looked so young in this photo.  I clicked on the image and was taken to the Australian War Memorial website where I found out that the photograph had been taken in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, Victoria c16 January 1916 and there was this description – . 

Studio portrait of 9524 Private (Pte) Stanley Gordon Snowdon, 14th Reinforcements, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, 12th Australian Army Service Corps (AASC). Pte Snowdon enlisted, aged eighteen years, with his brother 9523 Driver Percy Claude Snowdon (see DA13743) on 27 July 1915 and embarked aboard HMAT Ballarat in Melbourne on 18 February 1916. On 3 April 1916 he transferred to the Anzac Provost Corps. He was promoted to Extra Regimental Corporal on 9 June 1919. He returned to Australia on 31 March 1920.

I immediately sent a copy to my mum who loved it and had definitely not seen it before. She showed her sister who actually had a little cry.  They had both adored their ‘Deedad’.

I also then realised there must have been a photo of ‘Deedads’ brother Percy as per the note in the description.  I quickly search Percy and found his photo as well. 

I also then realised there must have been a photo of ‘Deedads’ brother Percy as per the note in the description.  I quickly search Percy and found his photo as well.  He is pictured in the middle. They do not know who the two others were which is a real shame. He is pictured in the middle. They do not know who the other two were which is a real shame.

I decided to print and frame the photo and it is now my symbol for ANZAC day. It is always with me on that day.  I decided to get replica’s of his war medals in 2018 which unfortunately arrived the day after ANZAC day and it had been the first time my mother had ever attended a service.  I have been lucky enough to be able to wear them ever since.

Last year I got the best surprise of my life when I was given Stanley’s original war medals and a picture of ‘Peace 1919’.  Stanley’s son (my great uncle) and wife moved into a nursing home so his daughters packed up their house and it was unanimously decided by all six children that the medals would come to me – the family historian!  I can tell you a few tears were shed and I am actually misty eyed as I write this!

I am currently working on getting everything together to have LCPL Stanley Gordon Snowdon’s medals and photos in uniform properly framed for the generations to come!

Lest we Forget!

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Addicted2MyGenealogy

I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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