The question of the picture of the Duke of Wellington's regiment close-ranked, featured both last week and the week before in All Our Yesterdays, is now resolved (we hope).
The picture was not taken in Huddersfield Beast Market, as picture owner Rod Liversidge initially assumed. It was in Bull Green, Halifax, with Silver Street behind, says Jeffrey Charlesworth. The building in the centre of the picture is the Bull's Head, a Websters house then, and now a bistro. The structure around which the band is gathered was the old Bull Green tram shelter, later a bus shelter.
We even have a date for the shot: Cyril Ford says it was June 18, 1945, Waterloo Day, when the regiment was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Halifax. The soldiers' caps, he says, indicate that the majority of the men there were Territorials. Alonzo Sutcliffe, hairdresser, is registered as having a shop in Beast Market in the 1937 street directory ... of Huddersfield. And there is shop is, clear as a bell, on the Halifax picture.
It seems clear from the sign above the shop that Alonzo also had a shop in Bull Green, Halifax, and it may be this that has thrown many a reader off the scent.
* MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Linthwaite County Junior School, 1949/50, from Carole Brook. Her sister Shirley Coulman (nee Garside and brother Peter Garside are on the picture. (tmc230910linth).