The restoration I have done here and subsequent colouring were for my brothers wife Pat. I received it some time ago but had such a heavy work load that I’ve only just got around to it.
The soldier is Arthur Stewart Johnston, born 31 July 1898, died 26 April 1957 aged 58. Married to Maureen Gardiner 9 March 1937. He was injured in France 1916 fighting the Germans and was transferred back to England and taken to a hospital in Scotland to convalesce (Another photo depicting that is on its way).
The restoration was somewhat difficult due to the blotching that comes with a lot of these old photos but having learned a new technique I have managed to erase most of that. I can now remove lots of different marks without losing texture which means no more flat looking faces. The technique is almost as good as inventing the wheel so I will be revisiting some of my older work and surprising customers with free updated work.
11th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusilier restored and colourised.
It wasn’t easy finding the right colours for the uniform in this restored and colourised photo, in fact near impossible. My client agreed on how they should be represented but it still nags at me so I will go back to this one should I ever find the right information.
Above: French Troops watch the arrival of the 9th, 10th & 11th Battalions, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Ham. There they took over a section of the line south of the Somme from the French soldiers.
Above: Men of the 11th Battalion in a captured German trench near Havrincourt, 20 November 1917.
Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
For anyone researching Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers I suggest you make a start with the links below. They’re just places I found whilst trawling the net.