Do you believe in ghosts? Or are you more like me, in that you're a skeptic but you still love creepy ghost stories? Either way, the news of a British boy supposedly capturing the image of a long-dead Scottish soldier at a battlefield cemetery in France is fun to speculate over.
Last week 14-year-old Mitch Glover took several pictures with his iPhone during a school trip to the Neuville-St. Vaast German burial ground, and he later discovered a pale shape in the left side of one of the images. Glover has since learned that the site where he took the photo is near the location of buried Scottish soldiers from the 114th Seaforth Highlanders -- and some believe you can see the kilt and tam-o'-shanter of a Scottish soldier in the image.
The Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery in northern France is very close to the Nine Elms military cemetery, which is where 12 N.C.O'S. and men of the 114th Seaforth Highlanders are laid to rest. According to Glover's mother, when she saw her son's photo (which he captured via black and white setting), she thought it was strange enough to show it around:
At first I thought when I saw it looked a bit Tudorish. It looked like Henry VIII with the hat on the side, stood with hands on hips. It didn't look like a German soldier. I thought it just looked out of place. And then a friend of mine said, do you realize that looks a bit Scottish, like World War outfits from the Seaforth Highlanders. I could see what they meant. It looks like they are holding something in one arm. Whether it's a rifle or something one friend said it looks like he's stood on guard over them.
Here's a closeup of Glover holding his photo. I can see how people think it looks like a figure, and I guess I can sort of see something that might look like the plaid of a kilt.
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Being the total killjoy that I am, I think it's far more likely that it's a lens flare artifact, a reflection of some kind (like if he took it through a car window), or a good old-fashioned Photoshop job than an actual ghost. Also, it'd be nice if just one of these ghost/Bigfoot/Loch Ness Monster photos wasn't quite so indistinct and grainy. Juuuuuuust saying.
What do you think? Can you see a Scottish soldier in that image?
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