This photograph shows the sergeants – and two officers – of 317 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in Audregnies in February 1919. This crop is from a larger mounted image which bears the stamp of the photographer, DELISSE of 15, Rue de l’abattoir 7380 Quievrain, Belgium. On the reverse of the photograph is a hand-written message which reads, “37 Brigade RFA Sergeants. A real good time at Audregnies”. The photo is dated the 20th February 1919.
So who are the men and, more pertinently, who is the officer seated in the middle? He and the officer to his right both wear the ribbon of the Military Cross which would certainly narrow the field a little. He’s also a major, judging by the crown on his sleeve. The regimental war diary suggests some possible candidates but the owner of this photograph, who has written to me for assistance, would dearly love confirmation of this officer’s name. Please drop me a line if you can assist.
As for the sergeants, I’m hoping that I may be able to identify some of these men either from medal rolls or from the war diary, and when I do so I shall post this photo against their names with text along the lines of “Believed to be featured in this photograph”.
So again, if you had a British Army Ancestor who served as a sergeant with 317 Bde, Royal Field Artillery, do have a close look at this image and if you think your man is on there, please get in touch.