Woman Spots Grandfather In World War One Film

Family Found In WWI Footage Sir Peter Jackson’s highly praised WWI film “They Shall Not Grow Old” brought the grainy footage of the First World War to a modern...

Family Found In WWI Footage

Sir Peter Jackson’s highly praised WWI film “They Shall Not Grow Old” brought the grainy footage of the First World War to a modern audience, by coloring and cleaning it up using digital restoration techniques. The director had said he hoped bringing the old footage back to life would encourage families to investigate their past.

And for one woman, the film gave her a window into her own family history. Mrs. Pateman, 55, spotted her grandfather in footage that had not been slowed down and was still black and white. She was just eight years old when her grandfather died at the age of 77.

“I was gobsmacked. It brought tears to my eyes, seeing him as a young man and walking along,” she said. But Mrs Patemen said she knew it was him when she spied a ‘distinctive nose’ that she had seen in photographs, adding: “My brother is the spitting image of him.”

Mr Frayne joined the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1915 before attaining the rank of corporal and joining the Machine Gun Corps. He earned the Military Medal in 1916 when he showed ‘great coolness and devotion to duty’ fetching ammunition under a ‘heavy enemy barrage’.

He became a sergeant in the York and Lancaster Regiment, where he also progressed to 2nd lieutenant. Mrs Pateman was so moved by the ‘harrowing’ colorized footage of bloodied corpses in the trenches that she stopped watching.

She said that the black and white clips she had been used to looked historical, but the immediacy of the color footage disturbed her.

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