Depicts three British soldiers smoking cigarettes.The image is most likely taken at home after the war. No caption in the album.
Herbert Standen was the sixth child of seven and born 25/09/1896 in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire. His father (also called Herbert) was a hairdresser and scrap dealer.Herbert Standen served in the Royal Field Artillery in Egypt and Palestine. He served in the Territorials before the war and and at its outbreak was asked to join the regiment as he was a very good signaller and good at co-ordinates.As he was only 17 he was made a bugler since only they could serve abroad under the age of 18. In practice he was already a bombardier driver in the regiment and 18 by the time he went abroad.Service history: Fourth East Anglian Brigade, RFA, (TF) 1913-1916, which then became 270th Brigade, RFA, (TF) 1916-c. 1919. Regimental no. 891250. Demobilised 17 August 1919.[NOTE: the above Brigades consisted of three Batteries, two raised in Hertfordshire and the other in Northamptonshire. In fact recruiting for this latter Battery took place almost solely in the Peterborough area. After the War the 'Peterborough element' then made up 336 Battery, one of four batteries in the following successive Brigades]He was awarded the Military Medal, with three or four others, on the 3rd December 1917 for his action at the third Battle of Gaza in November 1917. He is listed for this award in the London Gazette 02/04/1918.