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    FWIW, some 15 years ago a kind lady sent me some stuff she’d found in
    a relative’s effects, which would suggest he was a CPO Writer from
    Welshpool during WWI, and judging by the photos etc., towards the end of the war was on the Flag
    Officer’s staff (Beatty) at Scapa at the end of the war.

    Can’t help with the main period of the war, but amongst his effects
    was what appears to have been a postcard : perhaps more of a
    propaganda item than anything else, dated 21 Nov 1918 : attached and at :

    http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/Adm_Beatty/Watching_Hun_Surrender.html

    with suitable description, and whilst there are no tin hats, there are
    a number of officers wearing working uniform, and men wearing
    anti-flash gear, and carrying gas masks &c, although the uniforms they
    are wearing would also appear to be working blues ie no Nos. 8s or
    AWD equivalent in those days.

    Paul
    Isle of Portland