A collection of photographs documenting the life of the WW1 POW camp has been discovered
Clifford Garner, who died in the 1970s, kept a collection of 30 haunting black and white pictures taken during his time incarcerated in Germany.
The album – with a handwritten description on the font – remained hidden from the public eye for a century but have now been published for the first time.
They include snaps of men in a makeshift cinema, at a funeral, in a mess hall and even playing football.
Mr Garner's grandson Darren Bailey, 51, discovered the photo album wrapped in an old khaki prisoner's uniform in the attic of his mother's home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.
Mr Bailey from Blackpool, Lancashire, said: "My mother passed away, and when we were clearing her house out we found the photos.
"They read 'souvenirs of my captivity in Germany'. It shows him playing football, they did gardening and grew their own vegetables.
Clifford Garner kept a collection of 30 haunting black and white pictures
I’m hugely interested in the history of the First and Second World War
"They looked like they were quite looked-after."
The chef handed the photographs over to his friend, former territorial army officer and amateur historian John Davidson, who now is researching their history.
Mr Davidson, 47, said: "We know he was in Germany but we're not exactly sure where, and that's what we're trying to find out. I'm doing everything I can to find out more."
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The Open University has enlisted the help of a photograph restoration expert, to 'colourise' some of the unique and interesting photos that were taken during the time. Although the original images were only available in black and white, colour has been added retrospectively to help bring them to life. http://www.openuniversity.edu/news/news/world-war-1-in-colour-photos
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Photos issued by the Open University of a coloured in and the original picture showing a group of soldiers advance from a trench, over a protective sandbag wall (circa 1915). To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, The Open University has enlisted the help of a photograph restoration expert, to 'colourise' some of the unique and interesting photos that were taken during the time. Although the original images were only available in black and white, colour has been added retrospectively to help bring them to life
He said: "I'm hugely interested in the history of the First and Second World War, and when I saw the photos I knew they were one of a kind."
Mr Garner is understood to have married and gone on to have nine children but Mr Bailey has only vague memories of his grandfather leaving his military life a mystery.
It is not known where he signed up, or his age at the time.
They include snaps of men at a funeral
Mr Davidson thinks he enlisted in 1914 at the age of 16, as by 1917 he had risen to the rank of sergeant in the 4th King's Liverpool Regiment.
It is also unclear when or how he was captured, though he is believed to have returned home to England in 1918 after his camp was liberated.
The soldier's wife died in the 1970s after suffering Alzheimer's Disease. He followed just weeks later with the family saying he died from a broken heart. Mr Bailey's father died from cancer at the age of 49 and his mother died last year.
Darren Bailey discovered the photo album wrapped in an old khaki prisoner’s uniform in the attic
Mr Bailey now says he wishes he had known more about his grandfather.
He said: "The only thing I can remember was that when I used to visit my grandparents, my grandad would give me a Fox's Glacier Mint.
"I didn't even know his name was Clifford.
"When I saw these pictures I just thought, what an amazing man'.
"I remember my mum telling me my grandad was a keen photographer.
"I now wish I'd have known much more about him. I can't believe the life he has lived. It was quite an amazing find."