I was poking through some photos the other day, and found these:
Those are my paternal grandparents, William and Winifred (who were known as Fred and Grace, for obscure reasons).
You can probably guess the context from the clothing.
Fred was one of the Rats of Tobruk, and then later was one of the reinforcements who came in during the fight over Kokoda. He was shot there but survived (gutshot, impressive scar), and finished the war as a sergeant amongst the occupation troops in Japan. He was a good-humoured man, fond of a beer and a joke.
Grace spent the war working as a machine operator in a munitions factory (and put a hydraulic press through her hand at one point), but returned home afterwards to raise three kids and a bunch of grandkids. She was a small, gentle woman with an iron core.
They’re both gone now, and I miss them.
So: got any old family photos? What were your people like back in the long-ago 20th century?