Welcome to the forum and thank you for posting such a wonderful picture. Wouldn't it be great if we had some names? This is the sort of thing we would like to see more of, I am sure that there are many more of these sorts of pictures/postcards languishing in peoples attics, sheds etc...
I think this post could be lost in this thread so I hope you do not mind that I have moved it to a more prominent board.
I can name two people on the photo. George Thomas JP is the bearded gent on the left of centre. George lived in Irlam Hall and donated the land that is now Prince's Park to the district. He is on the picture because he was the president of the local Red Cross Society. He was also heavily involved in recruitment for WW1 and military tribunals. The man on the right of centre is Joseph Cooke, the clerk of the district council. He wrote two books, the first was a souvenir to commemorate the visit of King Edward VII to Irlam in 1909 and the other was "Irlam and Cadishead's Part in the Great War 1914 - 1917". The reference to 1917 wasn't a blackadder type mistake. The book was published in 1917 to raise money for the Red Cross. The photo on the forum (300 Parcels) was used in this book.
I've never seen the photo used as a postcard. I don't suppose there is any writing on the back?
The following people were all members of the local Red Cross Society adn some of them will be on the photo:
Revs R. Martin DD, F. Smith, M.L. Camburn, W. Lansdell, Messrs H. Ellison, T. Goddard, J. Wadsworth, Mesdames F. Smith, J.A. Brew, J. Cooke, H.E. Cuthbert, R.B. Toft, Captain Linton, G.E. Shaw, S. Jeffs, W. Mosedale, F. Hall, Misses E. Clare, N. Ashley, L. Teague, E. Unsworth, George Thomas JP (president), John A. Brew JP (vice president), F.U. Wilkinson (hon. treasurer), Joseph Cooke (hon. sec). Representatives on Executive of Elm Bank Hospital and Wibbersley, Flixton: Messrs George Thomas JP, JA Brew JP, J Cooke.
Collectors, Etc: Mesdames H.F. Overend, F. Hall, H. Ellison, J. Blackwell, F. Ashley, T.J. Parker, J. Ashton, W. Crompton, B. Evans, Hill, Willcock, F. Mosedale, S. Hampson, T. Barnett, Misses Rigby, Mercer, M. Jago, Shawcross, Neil, N. Blackwell, A.E. Cooke, M.G. Johnson, A. Johnson, L. Blackwell, G. Lilliston, D. Toft, E. Wood, L. Fairhurst, M. Dixon, K. Garner, N. Longbottom, G. Buckland, A. Unsworth, J. McCallum, N. Wright, E. Davies, G. Lilleston, M. Brooks, N. Owen, C. Miller, A. Blackwell, K. Dyson, B. Wright, M. Taylor, E. Brown, J. Taylor, M. Bebbington, N. Twist, E. Powell, S. Sutton, A. Swindells, S. Massey, D. Nicholas, H. Bennett, M. Brazendale, M. Turner, E. Clayton, B. Ellison, M. Kelly, A. Connor, M. Connor, A. Wrigley, E. Wrigley, M. Melia, J. Murphy, M. Kay.
Knitters for Soldiers’ Comforts: Mesdames D. Martin, F. Smith, J.A. Brew, J. Cooke, J. Blackwell, W. Pickup, A. Hale, H.E. Cuthbert, W. Crompton, W. Mosedale, O. Williams, H. Dowson, S. Wright, T. Barnett, J. Baker, W.H. Fairhurst, Hesford, B. Evans, S. Hampson, Misses Neil, Mercer, Shawcross, E. O’Brien. Teachers and elder scholars at Irlam Council School: Mr Burgess (Glazebrook – who was over 70 years old in 1917).
Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regt - DOW at Bray-sur-Somme on 18th February 1917
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment (pictured) - KIA during at trench raid at Hulluch, France on 18th May 1918
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA DOW 4th September 1918
Private 4131324 Sidney Lee, 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment, KIA during the bombing of Wallasey on 12th March 1941