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Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Toby Purcell
The 1830s were such a long time ago Andy and the...

The 1830s were such a long time ago Andy and the regimental order books in which these things were painstakingly recorded in copper plate have often not survived the movement of records during two...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 08:08 PM
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Posted By Toby Purcell
I don’t know the answer to that Andy. We know...

I don’t know the answer to that Andy. We know that metal badges (as opposed to numbers) were first worn by the Foot Guards on undress headdress in the mid to late 1830s, starting with a particular...
Forum: General Topics. Yesterday, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,122
Posted By Toby Purcell
If you read the blog it answers (and illustrates)...

If you read the blog it answers (and illustrates) all those questions, that’s why I pointed it out.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 02:41 PM
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Views: 119
Posted By Toby Purcell
It certainly seems possible that 2nd and 3rd Foot...

It certainly seems possible that 2nd and 3rd Foot Guards musicians did indeed wear white metal cap stars because they were from very early days in regimental history more finely caparisoned than the...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 02:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 430
Posted By Toby Purcell
No, I wasn’t really thinking about Aus when I...

No, I wasn’t really thinking about Aus when I said overseas, Dean. I didn’t make myself as clear as I should have done (especially as more of my family live in Aus than live in the U.K.). I was...
Forum: General Topics. Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,122
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, I recall that Grumpy/Muerrisch in particular...

Yes, I recall that Grumpy/Muerrisch in particular has often posted about them. The blog (in 5-parts) is exceptionally good with its combination of references and accompanying photos.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 11:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 430
Posted By Toby Purcell
Superb collection, Jon, thank you for posting. ...

Superb collection, Jon, thank you for posting. Looking at what you’ve done it saddens me when I see so many collections of the past being broken up and sold at auction, not least because they seem...
Forum: General Topics. Yesterday, 11:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,122
Posted By Toby Purcell
There’s a blog covering this subject in some...

There’s a blog covering this subject in some detail in the Great War Forum currently: https://www.greatwarforum.org/blogs/blog/681-stars-stripes-and-chevrons/
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
If you scroll down the MID list, whose link I...

If you scroll down the MID list, whose link I posted, the ‘Acting’ JNCO descriptor appears against a Bedfordshire Regiment man as well, so it seems to have been used in a particular way, and for a...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
If defining the 'unpaid' Lance Corporal was so...

If defining the 'unpaid' Lance Corporal was so important then it would surely have been more widely taken up in the Brigade of Guards and something similar would have applied in the other Foot Guard...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
I think that you have summed up the most likely...

I think that you have summed up the most likely scenario perfectly.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
See enclosed. 1. Reading 'Perry' under the...

See enclosed.

1. Reading 'Perry' under the sections on Lance Corporal and Lance Sergeant, the description for BOTH, further defines them as 'Acting Corporal' and 'Acting Sergeant', someone...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
Don't close it just yet. I promise that I didn't...

Don't close it just yet. I promise that I didn't just make it up!

1. Guards LCpl in SD - Two SD stripes.

2. Not sure what you mean by Acting Corporal. A Guards LCpl was in effect an acting...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
1. I've said several times now that I don't know...

1. I've said several times now that I don't know which term is correct because I've seen both, Lance Corporal and Acting Corporal. There is a rationale for both, but I suspect that Lance Corporal is...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes it's a strange thing, but also quite a clever...

Yes it's a strange thing, but also quite a clever way to differentiate. It would have passed into history when the Lance Corporal or Acting Corporal appointment was abolished in the Foot Guards, so...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
Because he's wearing a grenade, as per my...

Because he's wearing a grenade, as per my original post concerning Ernest Bailey. This was posted as part of a thread that you contributed to several years ago in the GWF and you didn't demur at...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
I doubt that you will Simon, it seems to have...

I doubt that you will Simon, it seems to have been a Grenadier Guards thing. It's also important to make the point that the practice was not followed in full dress. I also don't know whether Lance...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
Guards Corporals were allowed it seems, unless...

Guards Corporals were allowed it seems, unless the enclosed 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards Corporal c1918 is infringing regulations.

Have you learned something?

As for A/Cpl v LCpl I've...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
That's an excellent point Simon, and the answer...

That's an excellent point Simon, and the answer is that I don't know. I suspect that they did not follow the same practice as the Grenadier Guards, just as they did not have the crossed swords worn...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
I've seen it described online via various sources...

I've seen it described online via various sources as both, Lance Corporal, and Acting Corporal. Whether one was army usage and the other regimental usage I don't know. It's unclear to me too. IIRC...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
And here are some more photos showing Acting...

And here are some more photos showing Acting Corporal and Corporal. The large group shows reservists recalled to the colours in 1914, along with an Acting Corporal. Note that some have the old...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
You are welcome to copy any photo that I post. ...

You are welcome to copy any photo that I post.

Ironically I rediscovered my own research of years ago and I can confirm that the grenade was worn by Corporals, but not by Acting Corporals (i.e....
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 498
Posted By Toby Purcell
Out of interest I enclose another photo of the...

Out of interest I enclose another photo of the exact same scene. It seems that there must have been a press photographer or correspondent present at the RAP or CCS that day who took a series of...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 31-03-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By Toby Purcell
Posted in error.

Posted in error.
Forum: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 30-03-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By Toby Purcell
On what basis? They are not the usual worsted...

On what basis? They are not the usual worsted thread wings worn on service dress. They are bullion wire wings intended for full dress. I imagine that few were ever bought, they would have been a...
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