A keen genealogist has managed to solve the mystery behind a photograph of a soldier which has had her family baffled for years.

Maxine Speakman, from Great Sankey, Cheshire, England, took up the challenge to find out who the man was in the picture labelled only with the date 'October 1, 1918'.

After four weeks of researching she discovered it was her great grandmother’s uncle.

During her archive research Maxine, aged 32, also found out the grave of the soldier’s father was just around the corner from her.

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