A family photograph of the ERLIS family of Toxteth.
Thomas & Frances Midwood Erlis are pictured sitting outside their home, the outside of which has been decorated to celebrate a royal event -
possibly the Silver Jubilee of George V of 1935.
It was a normal, happy family moment caught by the camera.
But along with many other families who lived in Liverpool at the time, the Erlis' were to suffer tragedy during the Second World War.
On the 6 May 1941 the family home at 12 Gaskell Street, Toxteth took a direct hit during a German air raid.
Their daughter Lilian, seen here standing proudly next to her Mum, was killed as a result of the bombing. She is officially listed among the war dead of Liverpool for 1941. A separate post about Lilian can be found <here>.
But the mother of the family was also badly injured. Frances tragically lost both her legs during the incident, and was forced to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair - a fact remembered by my own mother.
(photo courtesy of Lilian Wilson and Marion Wilkinson)