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Appeal to find relatives of prisoner of war Ernest Matthews from Felsham to unite them with 105-year-old photograph found among Bury St Edmunds woman's possessions



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An appeal has been made to find relatives of a prisoner of war from Suffolk after the discovery of a 105-year-old photograph.

The picture was sent in the form of a postcard from German prisoner of war Ernest Matthews to his mother Hetty in Felsham in 1916.

Margaret Brinkley found the photograph which was among items inherited from her mother-in-law Ruby Ivy Brinkley when they cleared her home, in Bristol Road, Bury St Edmunds, in 2010.

The photograph sent in the form of a postcard from Ernest Matthews to his mother living in Felsham in 1916
The photograph sent in the form of a postcard from Ernest Matthews to his mother living in Felsham in 1916

How the postcard came into Ruby’s possession remains a mystery.

However, over the last year Margaret has researched Ernests’ life and would like to unite the photograph with any relatives still in the area.

She said that Ernest was born in 1883 and died in 1971.

Ernest Matthews was a prisoner of war in Germany
Ernest Matthews was a prisoner of war in Germany

His father was William Matthews and his mother was Hetty, while his siblings were Alfred William (born 1878), Mary, Walter Edward (born 1881), Ernest Thomas (born 1883), Ellen, Alice and Rose.

They lived in Felsham and he signed up to serve with the Suffolk Regiment in 1901.

He was a farm labourer who married Edith M. Steggles in 1919.

Margaret said: “As far as I can find out they did not have any children.”

“It would be wonderful if this important documentation of part of Ernest’s life could reach one of his relatives,” she added.

Anyone with information about Ernest’s relatives, should email paul.derrick@iliffepublishing.co.uk or call 01284 757857.

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