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Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 12-06-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 26
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Posted By Toby Purcell
I’ll do my best Terry but it might take a few...

I’ll do my best Terry but it might take a few days.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 12-06-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 792
Posted By Toby Purcell
The small arms school corps pattern had a blank...

The small arms school corps pattern had a blank outer. The centre appears to be RWF as mentioned. Coincidentally I wore both types so they are especially familiar.
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 08-06-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,138
Posted By Toby Purcell
I realise I’m a bit late on this one, but the...

I realise I’m a bit late on this one, but the crowned cypher GvR was also made the cap badge of the Royal Defence Corps (formed from the National Reserve) in 1918. The RDC was a part of the Army...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 08-06-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes the collar badge is Royal Fusiliers (City of...

Yes the collar badge is Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 08-06-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
Great stuff mike vee. I missed that detail about...

Great stuff mike vee. I missed that detail about the English birth in Sittingbourne. I’ll put it all together and see if anything can be dug up via acquaintances deeply involved in genealogical...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 07-06-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 612
Posted By Toby Purcell
2nd Royal Surrey Militia, Simon. The regimental...

2nd Royal Surrey Militia, Simon. The regimental title was set on the garter of the cap badge without crown.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 07-06-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By Toby Purcell
It was also the insignia for Army Recruiting...

It was also the insignia for Army Recruiting Staff, and the final cap badge of the Royal Defence Corps** during WW1.

**formed from the National Reserve (originally Veterans Reserve) that was...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 07-06-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
Well that’s a start Terry. In your opening post...

Well that’s a start Terry. In your opening post you stated you did not know the first name of Doe, but now you say it’s “Norm”, which suggests a first name of Norman. Are you able to access online...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 06-06-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
Understood Terry. If you can provide as much of...

Understood Terry. If you can provide as much of his personal detail as you can (anywhere you might dig that up from?) such as his name and original home town (where he hailed from originally), I...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 05-06-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 517
Posted By Toby Purcell
I’m glad that our series has been useful John. ...

I’m glad that our series has been useful John. It took a lot of research and communication with many regimental museums, plus several members of this forum provided assistance. The arms and...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 05-06-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 612
Posted By Toby Purcell
Thank you Andy, that’s very useful. It might...

Thank you Andy, that’s very useful. It might help to determine the dress of similar appointees in regiments of the line, both with regards to sword and sword ‘carriage’ (the slings), and the round...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 05-06-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
I’m glad to help Terry and there was nothing...

I’m glad to help Terry and there was nothing wrong with the uniform terminology that you used. We weren’t debating British Army clothing ledgers after all.
The RHA/RM conundrum is more...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 05-06-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
To be fair the terms Attila (also Atila) and...

To be fair the terms Attila (also Atila) and Dolman are not “completely incorrect”, that goes too far. They are both garments of Hungarian style and known internationally by those descriptions. The...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-05-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,108
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, Royal Horse Artillery and wearing Home...

Yes, Royal Horse Artillery and wearing Home Establishment dress (Britain or Ireland), so probably the posting before going to Hong Kong.

The photo shows an entire battery’s worth of senior...
Forum: General Topics. 26-05-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By Toby Purcell
I agree with the above posts, Luc. There are...

I agree with the above posts, Luc. There are lots of examples of these prisoners of war photographs at Soltau and other camps posted at the greatwarforum.org.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 23-05-22, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By Toby Purcell
I agree with your more general point about patchy...

I agree with your more general point about patchy records, but considered my reply fairly carefully. I wasn’t referring in any way to headdress insignia, as I believe (hope) that I made clear (but...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 23-05-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 711
Posted By Toby Purcell
The Buffs had two, the 2nd Kent (East Kent) RVC...

The Buffs had two, the 2nd Kent (East Kent) RVC and the 5th Kent (Weald of Kent) RVC.

The Welsh had four, the 1st Pembrokeshire (Pembroke, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest) RVC, 1st Glamorganshire...
Forum: General Topics. 23-05-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By Toby Purcell
Volunteer Battalions adopted white metal &...

Volunteer Battalions adopted white metal & bullion yes.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 23-05-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By Toby Purcell
I can’t imagine any reason why it was black. ...

I can’t imagine any reason why it was black. Even those rifle volunteer corps that to be different wore scarlet tunics with white pouch belts, used bright metal (silver) insignia, as did those with...
Forum: General Topics. 23-05-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes they were indeed gold bullion, not silver.

Yes they were indeed gold bullion, not silver.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 23-05-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By Toby Purcell
It could be a Light Infantry shoulder pouch...

It could be a Light Infantry shoulder pouch badge, as it would be difficult to tell the difference from the OBLI band pouch badge (although the latter might have been brass). That was because the...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 23-05-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By Toby Purcell
It wasn’t really a stand collar, but a fold over...

It wasn’t really a stand collar, but a fold over type closed at the neck with hooks. Coincidentally it was in the year that the photo was taken, 1912, that the modification to create an open,...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-05-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By Toby Purcell
The first cloth titles of that white thread on...

The first cloth titles of that white thread on scarlet wool type for the Foot Guards was squared off on the corners and in the same colours for Grenadier, Coldstream and Scots Guards (it wasn’t until...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-05-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 536
Posted By Toby Purcell
Thank you for taking the time to reply KLR. I...

Thank you for taking the time to reply KLR. I agree with your final comment about dress regulations and you give a good example concerning the Liverpool Irish Insignia. I must admit I didn’t have...
Forum: Other Army Departments and Corps Badges 21-05-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 287
Posted By Toby Purcell
All good and interesting theories, but I’d really...

All good and interesting theories, but I’d really like to know for sure. I imagine that there might be photos somewhere of them in use. A lot of money must have been spent procuring them so I think...
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