Re: british ww2 soldier photo help
The Collar Dogs will usually Identify the Regt or Corps he will have served with. The background or surround to the image I can not help you with.
If you wish to find information about his service the best place to start is with http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/army.html and follow the information given in this link from their website http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/ser.../army_pack.pdf, they will be able to give you copies of any information like the service record held on him.
The amount of information you can give them has a direct relation on how quickly they can provide copies to you of his service record.
It took just over a week for me to get my Grandfathers records but I knew his Arm of Service, Number Rank and Name, I also had where he is buried (graveyard, row and plot) as he died while still serving.
Construction dates: 12/13 May 1944 (Operation Diadem)
Details: 80 ft Class 30 Bailey bridge built over Rapido river under constant fire.
The bridge was built as part of the Allies break-out of the Gustav Line.
Work started at 5.45pm (12 May) and completed at 5.30am (13 May).
The human cost was high; 15 sappers were killed and 57 (including 3 officers) wounded.
Constructed by: 7th, 59th, 225th Field Companies (4th Division)