Mystery Soldier

This photograph is in the Mansfield Museum collection, sadly with no indication of  who the soldier is or who deposited it.  Does anyone recognise the soldier,  or can tell us what regiment he belonged to?

The name on the frame appears at first glance to say Apricot however we are very unsure of the Letter A (is it an A?) and the t at the end, this could also be an l (L).

Can anyone help with this query please?

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  • This is the Military Medal. The three white stripes are a good indication. It was an award for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land on the recommendation of a Commander-in-Chief in the Field. There will be a list of MM holders online somewhere.

    By Andy (25/08/2020)
  • Looking for a matching / similar photo which may give his details.
    He’s pictured as a Cpl here, although other photos could exist which were taken when he was a private soldier, a L/Cpl, or a Sgt perhaps, depending on his service records and progress. This means that these additional ranks will / may also need some scrutiny.
    There’s no short cuts here short of someone recognising this gent from the picture displayed. That may yet happen so shouldn’t be ruled out.

    By Steeve Cee (08/03/2020)
  • Currently delving through the archives of the Sherwood Foresters & related regiments – to use a phrase from the distant past – ‘I may be some time’!

    By Steeve Cee (25/02/2020)
  • One to watch, the mystery will surely be solved, will try a check on the Notts & Derby Regt soonest. Agree WW1.

    By Steeve Cee (23/02/2020)
  • It has now been suggested he is in the Notts. & Derby. Regiment in World war One. Also that he has been awarded the gallantry medal. There is no information on the back of the photograph.
    We await further comments.

    By Editors (23/02/2020)
  • Definitely ‘Apricot’ I would say, could be the frame makers name, alternatively it could be a nickname used by a loved one of the soldier featured, (unlikely however IMO.)
    The clues to his Regiment are the uniform buttons, and tunic epaulette insignia, sadly unreadable from the photo.
    Another clue could be the medal ribbon he is wearing, however, the possibilities there, are that hundreds / thousands of this medal could have been awarded.
    Dare I ask if the photo has been removed from the frame whilst in your care? It would be great if further I.D. info was written directly onto the back of the photo, this does happen of course as we all know…..

    By Steeve Cee (20/02/2020)

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