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The officer in the centre is believed to be Lieut. Harold Charles Lowther from Oxford, NS. Harold originally enlisted with the rank of private in the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) in 1915. In 1916 he received his commission as a lieutenant in the 193rd Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) and went overseas to England with them. In England Harold served in the 17th Canadian Reserve Battalion and the 185th Battalion (Cape Breton Highlanders). In June, 1918, he ended up back in his original unit, the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) who were serving at the front in France. Two months later, in August, Harold required surgery for appendicitis and was returned to England to recover. He returned home and was demobilized in July, 1919.
Note the soldier in the front row holding a small dog. The purpose of the plaque is not clear. Possibly it was an award of some kind.
Photographer: West & Son, Godalming, England
Ref. Number: 18-6 (1.2)
Image Information: Scan of original photo postcard
Source: Mark Chiasson Collection, Sydney, NS