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This looks like an over-sketched enlargement.
Before photo enlargers came about the only way
was to take a photo of the picture & enlarge it.
As a result some definition was lost so they were
sent to miniature artist's for re-touching.
It's possible the original was 1840's/50's.

1920's/30's although I would lean towards 20's as some of these men are
wearing collar bars which fell out of favour in the 30's with the introduction
of collar stiffeners.
Although there are a few middle aged men it's predominately men 20's-30's
so I would suggest a sporting club of some description.
Golf, tennis or somesuch.

Unless there's a mention in a local newspaper it's unlikely you will
find how he died.
A possible clue is that the whole Btn. were involved in working parties
in Westoutre which was well away from the front.
Working parties provided for trench work were much smaller in numbers.
One of the big issues was the state of the roads & there was constant
work being carried out keeping them useable.
While work was being undertaken they would still be in use so a possible
road traffic accident may be the cause.

Armed Forces / Re: Help deciphering WWII Army Records
« on: Monday 29 November 21 19:54 GMT (UK)  »
On his records and on other pages I haven't uploaded they are all letters, C, D, H, I etc. How can I determine which number they were?
That might be one for the author to answer.

1 from me.

World War One / Re: Etaples ?
« on: Monday 29 November 21 12:06 GMT (UK)  »
He was transferred to no. 23 General Hospital at Etaples.
This is what the LLT says about the 23rd.
23rd (Service) Battalion (8th City)
Formed in Manchester on 21 November 1914 by the Lord Mayor and City as a Bantam Battalion. Moved to Morecambe in December 1914.
June 1915 : moved to Masham and placed under command of 104th Brigade in 35th Division. Moved to salisbury Plain in August 1915.
January 1916 : landed at Boulogne.
Ceased to be a Bantam Battalion early in 1917.
16 February 1918 : disbanded in France.

You'll notice the 23rd. was a Bantam Btn. These were formed for men under the minimum height of 5' 3". They had a terrific reputation amongst the population.
In July 1916 they were involved in the Somme Offensive:
They were at Bus le Artios, Lealvillers, Bazincourt, Avelny Wood, Morlancourt and Happy Valley.Billon Wood and Talus Bois. on the 20th July they were in the action at Maltz Horn Farm south of Guillemont, later  Trones Wood
The 23rd. were in the trenches at Trones Wood up to the 25th. July when they were relieved.
They had suffered heavy shelling for several days.
It looks like he suffered in silence for a couple of days before being sent through the
medical chain owing to his shell shock.
He wasn't on his own, there were 7 in total.
The below map shows Maltz Horn Farm trench, your man was in the left sub-sector
which would place him pretty much between Trones Wood & Guillemont.

Armed Forces / Re: Help deciphering WWII Army Records
« on: Monday 29 November 21 11:37 GMT (UK)  »
Yes it is I Coy. where he remained until late 1939 when
he transferred to H coy 1st. Cav. Div. as Staff QMS.
The 1st. Cav. Div. became Habforce (1941) which you can see on his record.
They were posted to Iraq.
1st. Cav. Div.
On 31 October 1939, during the Second World War, the 1st Cavalry Division was reformed. It was assigned to Northern Command, and took command of two pre-war First Line Territorial Army cavalry brigades (the 5th and 6th) and the newly formed 4th Cavalry Brigade.[14] It was the only cavalry division in the British Army during the war.

It departed the United Kingdom in January 1940, transited across France, and arrived in Palestine on 31 January 1940. It served as a garrison force under British Forces, Palestine and Trans-Jordan.[14]

In May 1941, the Divisional Headquarters and elements of the division (notably the 4th Cavalry Brigade), together with a battalion of infantry from the Essex Regiment (the 1st Battalion), a mechanised regiment from the Arab Legion and supporting artillery was reorganised as Habforce for operations in Iraq including the relief of the base at RAF Habbaniya and the occupation of Baghdad. Following this, in July 1941, Habforce was placed under the command of Australian I Corps and was involved in operations against the Vichy French in Syria, advancing from eastern Iraq near the Trans-Jordan border to capture Palmyra and secure the Haditha - Tripoli oil pipeline.[15]

On 1 August 1941, the 1st Cavalry Division was converted into the 10th Armoured Division.[14][f] 10th Armoured Division later fought at the Battles of Alam Halfa and El Alamein. The 10th Armoured Division was disbanded in Egypt on 15 June 1944.[18]

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On his promotion he was posted to the Suez Canal Barracks (1942) followed by
the Alexandria Barracks (1943) prior to returning to the UK & S.O.S. (struck off strength)
of the M.E.F. ( Mediterranean Expeditionary Force).
Posted to Eastern Command for allocation purposes & then to Ipswich (1943).

World War One / Re: Etaples ?
« on: Monday 29 November 21 11:14 GMT (UK)  »
There were a number of General hospitals at Etaples
but no field hospitals as far as I'm aware.
Can you give his name, number & Regt.

Is there a design on the back?

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