I originally posted this in 2017 but the copies of the photographs I had were fuzzy photocopies which weren't very clear. Now I have found the original photographs which are clearer and show more detail. My great uncle James (Jim Noades) was in the Royal Artillery in WWII (service number 1099722). The photograph of him and three of his pals
was taken in Berlin on 6 July 1945, or that's what is written on the back, along with the signatures of 3 of the soldiers. The other two photos are of a British forces/allies nightclub where Jim was the manager, his commanding officer having asked him to organise it (before he was called up he was the head waiter at The Waldorf Hotel Grill Room in London). Jim is the tall figure in a white shirt seen in both photos. The clientelle all seem to be soldiers and there is a small band playing music.
I was originally told by my dad's cousin (Jim's daughter) that these photos were also taken in Berlin but the stamps on the back shows that they were taken by a photographer in Krefeld. Also a closer look at one of the shots shows that there is a English poster on the wall which seems to be promoting an Atletics event in Duselldorf. So this suggests that the club is either in Krefeld or Dusseldorf. Does anyone know where the club might have been? I have searched on Google with little success. There are references to a Naafi club "The 94 Club" in Dusseldorf but not much information and certainly no photos of the interior. I did find some newsreel footage of members of the 94 club on a day out and one of the musicians looks similar to the one in the photo.
The other photo indicates that Jim and his pals were in Berlin in early July 1945 and that presumably he was sent to Krefeld, or Dusseldorf, later to set up the club. He was transferred to the LAA on 10 Dec 1945 so presumably the two club photos can't be any later than that.
There is also a portrait of Jim in uniform with some writing on the back which I think says North British Stadium Hotel, this may or may not be relevant.
Can anyone help me trace Jim's movements in 1945 from his service number and locate exactly where the club was or where the Berlin photo might have been taken.