Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Passport Portraits of Yesteryear no. 18

Continuing the series of passport photographs from my collection.
Peruse and wonder.

Mrs Annie Lang Reid, born in Dundee in 1891.

It is now February 1944 and her Indian passport which has just been issued to her in Calcutta describes her hair as 'turning grey'.

She wishes to go to England, a country which is in full preparation for the Normandy landings of D-Day.

She obtains permission from the Bengal Government and sets sail from Bombay on 4 March 1944. Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope and into the Atlantic Ocean to avoid the German submarines, she disembarks in Bristol on 24 April 1944. There, she is issued with a document unfamiliar to her - a British National Registration Card. 

Welcome home!

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