dean1, on 24 March 2012 - 10:12 AM, said:
the photo was taken at 'Robertson & Co Photographers' at Gourock, Scotland. The 9th (Reserve) Bn. of the Royal Scots were formed at Gourock on 23rd Oct. 1914 as a service Bn. of K4. But the wound stripe is throwing me as apparently the 9th didn't go overseas ?
Officers and men of the Regular battalions (1st and 2nd) of the Royal Scots Fusiliers were trained with the 3rd Battalion RSF at a training camp called Fort Matilda (which they shared with 4th Battalion Scottish Rifles - the training battalion for officers and men of the regular, i.e. 1st and 2nd battalions, Scottish Rifles/Cameronians) which was halfway between the twin towns of Greenock and Gourock. Fort Matilda, the training camp, had nothing to do with the nearby small coastal defence fort of the same name which was manned by the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Wounded NCOs and officers from the 1st and 2nd battalions RSF were often posted for "light duties" to Fort Matilda to help with training, before returning to the front if they were well enough, and I suspect that this explains the circumstances of your photo (i.e. the "Gourock" mark on the reverse, and the presence of the wound stripe).
[My grandfather, initially a private in 5th Scottish Rifles, did his officer training with 3rd Royal Scots Fusiliers at Fort Matilda in the winter of 1915/16, and then returned as an instructor in winter 1916/17 after recovering from wounds received on the Somme (18th July 1916, Bezantin Ridge), before returning to the Western Front in spring 1917.]