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Who are these Port Hope soldiers? Archives team asks public for help

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE -- With the approach of Remembrance Day, the Port Hope Archives is hoping to identify pictures of soldiers from WWI and WWII that have been donated to them.

"We've got quite a few," archivist Rachel Arnaud said in an interview.

The archives are posting photos over a few weeks, like the ones accompanying this story, on social media, she said.

"We will be posting various photographs of unidentified local soldiers until Remembrance Day through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PHArchives, or for those who do not have facebook they can view these photographs and others on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/porthopearchives/albums," Arnaud stated in an e-mail.

"We have approximately 6700 photographs in our collection, and that number is always growing as new donations of photographs are made by members of the community. We have numerous 'unidentified' photographs in the collection that is related to Port Hope, and regularly post these to social media in hopes that someone will be recognized."

To assist in this project here are some of those photos the archive is attempting to find out more about. If you can help, contact the aArchives with the following identifiers and what data you might have.

The indentifying info for the trio of young adults including a WWI soldier is Accession #: 999-17-1-2927; the Accession # for the WWII soldier near the Port Hope Poste office is 2015-25-1-5721; and Accession #: 2015-25-1-5793 is for the WWII soldier taken by E.T. Hamly studio in Port Hope.

If any of these soldiers are identified, Northumberland Today will let you know.

vmacdonald@postmedia.com