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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 18:01    Post subject: Leeds shopkeeper stunned at ‘WW1 ghost’ snap Reply with quote

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post

Personally I think he looks more like he's up for a bit of sheep worrying. Confused

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/BlackRiverFalls/sheepworrying_zps425aa79c.jpg

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The haunting silhouette of a dead First World War soldier has appeared in the window of a Leeds shop, it is claimed.

Shopkeeper Alison Lambert, 41, was shocked when she was shown the spooky snap taken of her in front of her Box of Cards business, in Town Street, Farsley, during Farsley Festival earlier this year.

The photograph depicts what appears to be a man wearing First World War uniform holding a picture of nearby Farsley Cenotaph, which was on show as part of a locally-themed window display.

Convinced of its paranormal origin, Rodley resident Alison has researched names on the cenotaph and believes Driver Friend Peel, from 10th Battery 147th Brigade The Royal Field Artillery, is the man on show.

Driver Peel, 26, was killed on May 26 1915 – 98 years later, almost to the day, the picture of Alison was taken.


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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 19:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't make out the soldier, or the cenotaph, in that picture. Reflections in the window glass might even be of the photographer!

We need blow-ups to proceed further. And it's probably pointless to ask, why would a ghost hold a picture of something erected after his death?
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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 20:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's easier to make out when enlarged, although not being able to resolve the picture of the cenotaph is a bit of a fail.

He definitely has his arm around the sheep though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/BlackRiverFalls/Sheepworrying2_zpse4cbd15c.jpg
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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 21:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

OneWingedBird wrote:
He definitely has his arm around the sheep though.

Are you sure that's his arm? Shocked
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PostPosted: 14-10-2013 21:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had this on another thread somewhere, it's a reflection of a manikin placed in front of the shop window.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 08:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

It took me ages to work out what I was supposed to be looking at (and how anyone can tell that's a WWI uniform is utterly beyond me).

Part of the reason it took me so long was that I was distracted by the bloke peering over the sheep's back (tip of nose - middle of back; 'soldier's' sleeve forming shadow right hand side of face - his right, that is).
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 10:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a slow news week there?
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 13:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is it a slow news week there?


I'm not sure news and Yorkshire Evening Post belong in the same sentence.

Perhaps Sheep Lovers monthly just went under and they were hoping to pick up some of their trade.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 14:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see anything anomalous beyond the penis-shaped shadow over the sheep. Can somebody please explain what somebody thinks is present, and exactly where?
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 14:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearer pics here...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2417504/Is-WW1-soldier-window-Shopkeeper-baffled-spooky-snap-silhouette-glass.html
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.

Mannequin, as you said above.
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 17:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheep worrying mannequin! Shocked
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PostPosted: 15-10-2013 21:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a much better picture in the Daily Fail, thank you.

Now you say it was decided else where that it was a mannequin?
But where was the mannequin, looking on street view it couldn't have been opposite.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2013 17:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thinking there!

Perhaps it's just a particularly stiff person stood by the bus stop over the road?
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PostPosted: 16-10-2013 19:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you check out an entry on Farsley Village Community's Facebook page from August 29th (a couple of weeks before the Yorkshire Evening Post story) you'll see a little plug for 'The Village Ghost Walk'. By coincidence the walk starts 'on the corner of Town Street and Back Lane' which is precisely where the shop in question is situated - and anyone with any stories is asked to contact, 'Alison at Box of Cards'. (But, hey, wait a moment, isn't that...?)

Oh, and the photograph of the flesh and blood WW1 soldier in the Daily Mail article - whose (very questionable) likeness to the ghostly image is seen as proof that the latter is a manifestation of a local soldier called Friend Peel, and which the whole story is more or less anchored to, is not Friend Peel - in fact he's not even British, let alone a Yorkshireman. I really wish I could claim that research for myself, but I was actually lead to it by a comment on the DM page: according to the archives of the State Library of Queensland the photograph is of a David James Garland (see here)

You could argue - although I suspect it's highly unlikely - that the mistake is actually the Garland family's, the John Oxley Library's and the State Library of Queensland's - and not Mrs Shopkeeper's and/or the Mail's. However, the little bit of research that I can actually claim as my own indicates that the insignia halfway down the soldier's right sleeve - which looks a little bit like a butterfly in the photograph - is that of the Australian Wireless Squadron (see here), which is the unit the SLQ archives indicate that David James Garland served in.
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