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PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 25 August 2010

MYSTERY: Do you know anything about the woman second from the right on the back row, in this WWI-era photograph?

MYSTERY: Do you know anything about the woman second from the right on the back row, in this WWI-era photograph?

THIS photograph taken more than 100 years ago is the only link a woman has left to her grandmother whose life she is trying to piece together.

THIS photograph taken more than 100 years ago is the only link a woman has left to her grandmother whose life she is trying to piece together.

Maureen Ashley, 63, from Bearsted, Maidstone, is trying to find out more about her grandmother who is second from the right on the back row of this picture, which was taken in Crayford, sometime between 1911 and 1915.

Her grandmother's name was Martha Ann Goble, nee Howes, who was born in Nottingham but moved to Orchard Hill in Crayford when she was four-years-old.

Mrs Ashley started tracing back her family tree a year ago and became intrigued by this battered photograph she found in her mother's possessions, who died in 2006.

She said: "I am intrigued by this photograph. What I know for certain is that she was born in Nottingham and her maiden name.

"She died in 1967 and my mother was born in 1917. I just found this old photograph and I knew from what my mother had told me who my grandmother was in the picture.

"But I don't know where it was taken or who the other women are. I know at one point, she worked as a flag printers assistant and am not sure if this could be the silk printing works in the Bourne Road area in Crayford.

"All her brothers and sisters have passed away. I wish I had asked my mother all these questions when she was alive. I should have asked them years ago.

"Any help from your readers would be wonderful."

Her grandmother was married to George Goble on August 6, 1911 at Bexley Lane Baptist Chapel.

In the March 1911 census, she lived at 19 Star Hill, Crayford, with her sisters and widowed father, Charles Edward Howes who worked as a leather dresser at Crayford tannery.

If you have any information you would like to pass on to Mrs Ashley, who was 21-years-old when her grandmother died, email marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk or write to Marina Soteriou, Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, 20-22 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ.

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