This 4″ x 3″ Carte Postale is a puzzler but one that I suspect someone out there will be able to solve. Written on the front are the words “Sole Survivors Gun Crew No 4 RNA” (view large version of photo). The back of the card reveals more information including the date the photograph was taken (March 2, 1919) and the cryptic message “Sole survivors of gun crew No 4 Rna who actually brought ? out. 1915.“. It also notes that one of the soldiers is Donald Reed.
I’ve not being able to figure out the”RNA” reference and so I’m assuming it is meant to read “RMA” (Royal Marine Artillery). This theory fits nicely with the flaming grenade cap badge and if my hunch is correct perhaps “brought ? out 1915” refers to the Gallipoli evacuation? My understanding is the RMA were the last to leave the beaches in late 1915.
I couldn’t find a lot of information about the Royal Marine Artillery online and so this photograph and its message may be of interest to other researchers.