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Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 17-11-17, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By Toby Purcell
The trade name was changed to ‘Metal Smith’...

The trade name was changed to ‘Metal Smith’ during the course of WW1. It was one of the RA’s leading artificer trades and attracted significant extra pay and rank (accelerated promotion). The...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 13-11-17, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 329
Posted By Toby Purcell
Thanks again Jon, very illuminating.

Thanks again Jon, very illuminating.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 13-11-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 329
Posted By Toby Purcell
Thanks Jon, very interesting. There were some...

Thanks Jon, very interesting. There were some very similar khaki slip on titles during WW1, but the lettering was in white. I have always thought that they were probably the inspiration for those of...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 13-11-17, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 329
Posted By Toby Purcell
Around 40-years ago I was told that those slides...

Around 40-years ago I was told that those slides were in part intended as quick and easy (and cheap) titles for greatcoat shoulder straps, when the cost of stitch on types could not be justified and...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 09-11-17, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 371
Posted By Toby Purcell
I suppose we are getting deep into semantics...

I suppose we are getting deep into semantics here. Perhaps it depends on which dictionary one uses. The meaning mine shows is that monarchial means grand, splendid, magnificent, whereas monarchical...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 07-11-17, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 371
Posted By Toby Purcell
It would seem to be either a genuine spelling...

It would seem to be either a genuine spelling error, or a malapropism JF.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 07-11-17, 12:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 371
Posted By Toby Purcell
‘Monarchial’ is wrong in the context that you...

‘Monarchial’ is wrong in the context that you quote, but monarchical would be correct in describing a crown, although in my experience rarely used in that way as a badge collecting term.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 06-11-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By Toby Purcell
The other formal position for it Andy, was up and...

The other formal position for it Andy, was up and draped diagonally across the front and hooked up. It is often seen in that alternative position.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 06-11-17, 05:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By Toby Purcell
It is necessary to examine the list of...

It is necessary to examine the list of appointments in the QRs and Pay Warrants Mike. I did not mean QMS of 3rd Class, but other specialist appointments. Sqn Sgt Majs of that time wore 3 stripes...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 06-11-17, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By Toby Purcell
On the chin was the correct place to wear it when...

On the chin was the correct place to wear it when chin straps down was ordered Andy.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 06-11-17, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By Toby Purcell
Great photo showing SNCOs rating as regimental...

Great photo showing SNCOs rating as regimental ‘staff’. The three most senior men wear pouch belts and Slade-Wallace waist belts with ‘union lockets’ and first class tunics with a line of gold...
Forum: General Topics. 03-11-17, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By Toby Purcell
Glengarry badges would tend to be more...

Glengarry badges would tend to be more distinctive than helmet plates in my opinion. I wish you well with your project.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 02-11-17, 11:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 494
Posted By Toby Purcell
Very interesting. There is a thread in the Great...

Very interesting. There is a thread in the Great War Forum covering London Regiment dress for which this information will make a great addition.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 02-11-17, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Toby Purcell
Originals had brass loops, Timo. The so-called...

Originals had brass loops, Timo. The so-called ĎFox Re-strikesí made correctly using original dies by an entrepreneur in the decade before 1900 had copper loops. I hope that helps.
Forum: Formation Signs and Patches 31-10-17, 10:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 699
Posted By Toby Purcell
Very interesting Grumpy, I had not spotted your...

Very interesting Grumpy, I had not spotted your reply. Thank you for posting. I too have never seen a colour sergeant with signals flags on left upper arm.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 30-10-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By Toby Purcell
Great photo with several different, regimental...

Great photo with several different, regimental patterns of what Winston Churchill referred to as the ‘jumpers’ (blue patrol frocks) that replaced stable jackets. Only some regiments had adopted...
Forum: Indian Badges 30-10-17, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 106
Posted By Toby Purcell
Thank you Dave, are you able to post any images...

Thank you Dave, are you able to post any images of that insignia please?
Forum: Colonial Police and Paramilitary Badges 30-10-17, 11:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By Toby Purcell
North-West Province Police - British India?

Itís been suggested by a knowledgeable forum member in the British section that this badge is possibly that of the North-West Province Police, in British India, as they apparently used an identical...
Forum: Indian Badges 30-10-17, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 106
Posted By Toby Purcell
North-West Province Police?

Itís been suggested by a knowledgeable forum member in the British section that this badge is possibly that of the North-West Province Police, in British India, as they apparently used an identical...
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 28-10-17, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Toby Purcell
These are good too: 1. ...

These are good too:

1. http://www.theaerodrome.com/index.php

2. http://www.wwiaviation.com/index.html

3. http://www.66squadron.co.uk
Forum: General Topics. 28-10-17, 04:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,550
Posted By Toby Purcell
Well said. Thatís very true in the current...

Well said. Thatís very true in the current financial environment with so much competition for ever shrinking public funds.
Forum: Formation Signs and Patches 27-10-17, 04:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 699
Posted By Toby Purcell
That’s an interesting one, I don’t think I’ve...

That’s an interesting one, I don’t think I’ve seen a colour sergeant wear any thing but lower sleeve badges in full dress, usually to do with musketry but sometimes signals flags. Undress is...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 27-10-17, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 676
Posted By Toby Purcell
I did not mean to imply that he was in India. ...

I did not mean to imply that he was in India. They are just two lines of thought. The pistol supporting brace (often used by machine gunners) was occasionally seen on the home establishment, but...
Forum: General Topics. 27-10-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,550
Posted By Toby Purcell
Not all museums are as conscientious and open to...

Not all museums are as conscientious and open to assistance as KLR's. Sadly I have had very poor experiences with the NAM and RWF museum, despite my being careful to be courteous and patient. ...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 27-10-17, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 676
Posted By Toby Purcell
I think 1930s too, the field service cap became...

I think 1930s too, the field service cap became popular again then. He should not be wearing both L and LG above rank, which makes me think he might be a Territorial. Searchlights does seem a...
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