The original photo caption is quoted above. It was followed by these words:
"Conspicuous in the winning of these guns (two of which are seen in the above photo taken on Northernhay, Exeter) were Col. D. C. James DSO; Capt. J. A. Pryor; Lieut. G. B. D. Cracroft; Lieut. P. L. Costello; Company Sergeant Major H. Freemantle; Company Sergeant Major E. C. Tucker; Sergt. E. Gibbons; Sergt. Horace Russell; Sergt. F. Kettley; Corpl. A. Colquhoun; Corpl. A. Waller and Pte. L. Hanford who, with their Battalions and Platoons, won for Exeter trophies that will be treasured for ever."
Colonel James (at that time Captain), Captain Pryor and Lieutenant Cracroft had all been badly wounded at Loos and it seems fair to assume that the other men seen above had a similar history.
It is believed that eight guns were taken in the so-called "Gun Trench" - four by the Gordon Highlanders and four by the Devon's 8th Battalion.