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Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Today, 07:54 AM
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Posted By Toby Purcell
The standard British issue were only ever...

The standard British issue were only ever Enfields, initially rifle muskets and then magazine fed long lees.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 325
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, I believe so. They are the correct, ‘Garter...

Yes, I believe so. They are the correct, ‘Garter stars’. You will need to check the size though. Similar stars are worn on blue patrol jackets and greatcoats. I am unsure if they are both the same...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 09:35 AM
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Views: 252
Posted By Toby Purcell
There wasn’t much ironing going on then, Leigh. ...

There wasn’t much ironing going on then, Leigh. 1913 was still the age before vertical creases were expected, ‘American style’, and at best men ‘pressed’ their uniforms between boards under their...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 09:04 AM
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Views: 252
Posted By Toby Purcell
Those look to me like bandsmen’s wings as there...

Those look to me like bandsmen’s wings as there is no fringe and I can see no crown and inch lace bands on arms or collar. Might this not be a bandsman who has been given an old drummers doublet,...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Toby Purcell
That is very interesting, Jon, and the knowledge...

That is very interesting, Jon, and the knowledge of it is probably lost at what passes for the SASC Museum at Warminster. All that you have reported makes sense, as there was for many years a sense...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 293
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes. The last sentence above refers to the SASC...

Yes. The last sentence above refers to the SASC CSMI. The preceding sentences to the SofM QMS at the beginning of the thread.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges Yesterday, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 325
Posted By Toby Purcell
The short answer to your question, Laurent, is...

The short answer to your question, Laurent, is yes a rank star of the Order of the Bath pattern (see enclosed image) is missing. That is the correct rank badge for a 2nd Lieutenant, as worn by both,...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 15-06-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By Toby Purcell
The absence of pleats on the chest pockets...

The absence of pleats on the chest pockets indicates it’s a pattern of the 1930s as cbuehler has suggested. In all other respects it matched the pattern first introduced in 1896, when it was added...
Forum: General Topics. 15-06-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 554
Posted By Toby Purcell
I missed this Jeff and just wanted to add my...

I missed this Jeff and just wanted to add my support to all that you’ve said in this post. I reached the exact same conclusion some years ago and was most intrigued when I found the Royal Marine’s...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 15-06-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By Toby Purcell
It’s interesting that you show this, Jerry. It...

It’s interesting that you show this, Jerry. It might interest you to know that RWF officers always wore bullion wire cap badges on their coloured field service cap and, contrary to Kipling&King and...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 15-06-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 293
Posted By Toby Purcell
Metal badges replaced cloth ones in 1907, because...

Metal badges replaced cloth ones in 1907, because the cost of wool soared whereas gilding metal (an alloy) was cheap. These were then used for SofM working dress, with bullion wire for full dress...
Forum: General Topics. 15-06-19, 12:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, the ‘fly’ was always to the rear of the arm.

Yes, the ‘fly’ was always to the rear of the arm.
Forum: General Topics. 14-06-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By Toby Purcell
In some regiments the pre-1868 badge was worn on...

In some regiments the pre-1868 badge was worn on both arms so that those in Flank companies could be distinguished from the remainder. In other regiments it was worn on the right arm only, with...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 14-06-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 293
Posted By Toby Purcell
The enclosed group image shows all the patterns...

The enclosed group image shows all the patterns of collar badge used by the SofM. The pattern seen in the photo is at bottom right and was introduced around 1907-08. In the period prior the King’s...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 14-06-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 293
Posted By Toby Purcell
You are correct, Grumpy, that in WW2 the SASC...

You are correct, Grumpy, that in WW2 the SASC appointment shown was CSMI, and for the precise reason that you have outlined. It was not until after WW2, once the WO3’s had all been phased out that...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 22-05-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 254
Posted By Toby Purcell
I think the standing man is a Hussar, his...

I think the standing man is a Hussar, his shoulder title is I think either, 13H or 18H (the enlarged image seems to show two numbers and the letter H). The metal device protruding behind the flash...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 13-05-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By Toby Purcell
I believe that your latter comment surmises the...

I believe that your latter comment surmises the rationale correctly. The rank badge and lyre was certainly worn by many of the regimental bands that I recall seeing at such events as the Tidworth...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 12-05-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By Toby Purcell
The make-up of the White Rose isn’t right for a...

The make-up of the White Rose isn’t right for a pukka article, but it might be a native mess waiter’s badge, or worn by the ‘Indian Platoon’ (mainly horse/mule transport) of a KOYLI Battalion in...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 29-04-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By Toby Purcell
I agree with Leigh. The ‘T’ bar from a fob watch...

I agree with Leigh. The ‘T’ bar from a fob watch chain.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-04-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Toby Purcell
That looks like a WW2 Infantry Training Centre...

That looks like a WW2 Infantry Training Centre (ITC), Simon. They were the first ones to wear the badge concerned.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-04-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Toby Purcell
Wink I agree with that rundown Tim, I never wore the...

I agree with that rundown Tim, I never wore the jacket after passing out and joining my battalion, but recall wearing all of the nether-wear that you mentioned over succeeding decades.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-04-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By Toby Purcell
It looks like the missing harp on that particular...

It looks like the missing harp on that particular badge is the Maid of Eireaan pattern going by the shape of the embroidery. The Connaught Rangers wore both styles of harp on their insignia at...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-04-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Toby Purcell
It’s interesting to see that Rhyl, followed a...

It’s interesting to see that Rhyl, followed a different policy to Oswestry and Shorncliffe.
Although issued woollen battle dress “for when attending education” (which we never actually wore), we did...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-04-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 132
Posted By Toby Purcell
The caption at the very bottom of the IWM page...

The caption at the very bottom of the IWM page concerned does say under the title “Label”: Wilfred’s “Cap and Collar Badges”, they just don’t seem to have made the difference clear.
Forum: General Topics. 20-04-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Toby Purcell
A lovely badge. They were used between 1881 and...

A lovely badge. They were used between 1881 and 1902. See: http://www.uniformology.com/FORAGE-CAPS-01.html
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