WWI Driver J. Goodwin, 2nd Kent Battery Royal Field Artillery Possibly in India - May 1916
Someone, possibly Private Goodwin himself, had the foresight to identify the subject of this photograph. Written in fading black ink on the back is the inscription:
Dr [Driver] J Goodwin
2nd Kent Battery
This photographic postcard was never mailed and was quite possibly sent inside an envelope or perhaps given to someone in person as a memento. The location of the photograph is not given, but it looks like it could be in India, and I did find a reference on the web for the 2nd Kent Battery RFA being stationed in Jubbulpore in 1915. (To read the fascinating letter written by Sidney D. Igglesden of the 2nd Kent Battery in Jubbulpore, click on this link and scroll down a ways: www.dovergrammar.co.uk/archives/OLD-PHAROS/No-019.html )
Driver Goodwin, who is wearing tropical kit and a pith helmet, was certainly a most handsome fellow, and I did my best to find out more about him. The WWI Medal Rolls for the UK listed a Driver Reginald J. Goodwin of the Royal Field Artillery, Regiment No. 85570. Perhaps they are one and the same.
The Royal Field Artillery (RFA) of the British Army came into being when the Royal Artillery was divided on 1 July 1899, it was reamalgamated back into the Royal Artillery in 1924.
The largest arm of the artillery, it was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades, attached to divisions or higher formations.