I love Sepia Saturday, check out the other great stories by clicking the link. Today's theme was the great war or WWI. I don't know why the called it great as war in general is anything but great. When I started my family tree many years ago I discovered that I had no direct ancestors who went to either war. I only have the odd Uncle or cousins many times removed who went.
I have already talked about my Uncle Willy going to war but thought I would include a couple of great pictures of a gas mask, probably with William Henry Pearce underneath. He got back from war to find a relaxed Kiwi house in Christchurch with all his family still there. He must have put this mask on so his brother Cyril, who was into amateur photography, could get an interesting shot. I love this photo. It is a scary face looking at you. A mosquito type face. A reminder of the Dr Who episode where the little boy with a gas mask face calls, "Where is my Mummy. Are you my Mummy." These masks were the stuff of nightmares.