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Kings Own Terriers

Kings Own Terriers 1914.

What a fabulous photo sent into me for Restoration & Colourising. It’s of the Kings Own Terriers in 1914 where the lads stood on guard watching for German saboteurs trying to disrupt our rail services.
The photo of these young territorial soldiers of the 1st/4th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment  was taken around August/September 1914 when the group were guarding the Great Western Railway in Kent before they were sent to the Western Front on May 3rd 1915. Some were gassed at Ypres in Belgium in 1917 but survived before returning home in 1919. Their average age was only 19 as they went away in 1914.
All these lads got home safely, much against the odds of that war. More information and photos on the 1st/4th Kings Own Terriers at the foot of this page.

1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (King's Own Terriers). Original photo.


This is the original which looks ok at first viewing, but when you get closer it is quite badly damaged.
You can view this on Wikimedia



This is the completed restoration which has been part colourised.
Partial colourising keeps it old and atmospheric so I left most of the trees and grass in B&W, but the little drops of colour do the trick.

Kings Own Terriers 1914 guarding the Great Western railway.

The 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (King’s Own Terriers) engagements during WW1:

4th Aug 1914 – Mobilised at Barrow in Furness.
Winter 1914-1915 – Stationed in Southern England, some guarding the Great Western railways.
3rd May 1915 – Arrived in France, Landed at Boulogne. Joined 154th Infantry Brigade.
15 June 1915 – Battle of Festubert
7 January 1916 – Joined 164th Infantry Brigade of 55th West Lancashire Division.
8 August 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Guillemont Attack on Trones Wood.
11 September 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Ginchy Attack on Delville Wood.
27 September 1916 – The Somme: Battle of Flers.
28 September 1916 – Attack near Mametz.
23 December 1916  – Raid on Cameroon Trench.
9 June 1917  – Raid on Ibex Trench.
31 July 1917 – 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of Pilckem Ridge Attack on Wieltje.
20 September 1917 – 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of the Menin Road Ridge.
November 1917 -Battle of Cambrai.
20 November 1917 – Attack near Guillemont Farm.
30 November 1917 – Repulse of Counter attack near Epéhy.
March and April 1918 – Retreat.
9 – 11 April 1918 – Battle of Estaires – First Defence of Givenchy.
26 April 1918 – Counter attack on Givenchy Craters.
24 August 1918 – Givenchy Craters.
October and November 1918 – Advance to Victory.
4 November 1918 – Battle of the Sambre – Advance on Ath.
12 December 1918 – Moved to Brussels.
April 1919 – Returned to England.

Some photos from the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum.

A company of the 4th Battalion, Kings Own Terriers Royal Lancaster Regiment outside their Headquarters at Ulverston Drill Hall, 1914Members of the 4th Battalion, Kings Own Terriers Royal Lancaster Regiment, Christmas 1914 at SevenoaksGroup of Territorial Force soldiers, believed to be 4th Battalion, Kings Own Terriers Royal Lancaster Regiment from visible shoulder titles.

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Paint your motorcycle

Colourise your bike!

Are you sure you want to Paint your motorcycle that bright red colour? No? Well here’s what to do.
Send in a photo of your bike and I will change it to any colour you fancy. The photos below are from a guy that just wanted to see what it would look like in different colours. I took the liberty of enhancing the background at the same time as the original was very much washed out due to the hot foreign climate he was in at the time.
I produced these photos a long time ago having learnt different techniques. Plotting the shapes out with the pen tool can become quite time consuming, not really a good idea if you are trying to earn a little pocket money. The colour picker was the best and quickest way though it’s not always the best when there’s fiddly bits to contend with, and if some other object in the photo is of similar colour and shade you could easily end up with a pink tree.

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