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A retired British doctor is hoping to trace the descendants of allied soldiers and nurses portrayed in a celebrated collection of World War One pastels.

Doug Jenkinson, 70, became aware of the work of Swiss artist Eugene Burnand while exploring his own family history. From 1917-21 Burnand scoured three French cities finding sitters from over 40 nations. Not only did he seek out decorated officers, but ordinary soldiers, nurses, stretcher bearers and labourers.

His portraits hang in the Museum of the Legion of Honour in Paris which is planning a centennial exhibition.

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