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Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By Toby Purcell
I was glad to help. If you can tell me the...

I was glad to help. If you can tell me the location of the barracks concerned, I may well be able to identify the regiment.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia Yesterday, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By Toby Purcell
He is a bandsman wearing a regimental music case,...

He is a bandsman wearing a regimental music case, Stephen. Sometimes known colloquially as a bandsman’s (music) pouch, they were slung diagonally across the shoulder with the pouch in the centre of...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 25-01-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,807
Posted By Toby Purcell
Just as a point of interest the Caubeen as a...

Just as a point of interest the Caubeen as a military headdress came very late to the wardrobe of the Irish Regiments of the British Army, in most cases hundreds of years after they’d been raised. ...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 22-01-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By Toby Purcell
Like several Counties, e.g. Monmouthshire,...

Like several Counties, e.g. Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Cambridgeshire, the County of Hertfordshire was not allocated a regular infantry regiment in the Childers reforms of July 1881. Accordingly...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 22-01-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By Toby Purcell
Because of their rifles lineage it is quite...

Because of their rifles lineage it is quite likely that the appointment held in the VB was bugler. Just as in a similar way the sergeants wore the pouch belt that was also unique to those units with...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 22-01-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 105
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes I agree that they are almost certainly the...

Yes I agree that they are almost certainly the West Riding Regiment of the Volunteer Training Corps, the badge is unmistakable.
Forum: Royal Navy and Royal Marines 20-01-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 349
Posted By Toby Purcell
The service support, engineering, and initially,...

The service support, engineering, and initially, labour elements of the Royal Marines, wore the plain globe and laurels badge, without any surmounting device, in order to differentiate from the RMA...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 20-01-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 468
Posted By Toby Purcell
I agree with that. It’s not that there was no...

I agree with that. It’s not that there was no Wiltshire battalion with the status of 1st VB, it’s just that there was a specific decision not to use that title, and to retain instead a RVC/VRC...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 18-01-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By Toby Purcell
I thought at first of an all-brass simplified...

I thought at first of an all-brass simplified badge from WW1, but I didn't think that all-white-metal badges were ever made in brass, so all-in-all a bit puzzling.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 18-01-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By Toby Purcell
It's a nice picture and the chap in a Drummers...

It's a nice picture and the chap in a Drummers tunic very typically wears a buglers badge as a nod towards the unit's Volunteer Rifle Corps heritage, regardless that it is now a scarlet clad unit. ...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 17-01-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, I can see exactly what you mean, Marc, and...

Yes, I can see exactly what you mean, Marc, and you may well be right, although I’ve seen all manner of variations over the years, both in colouration and design. Some small batches made up by...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-01-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 381
Posted By Toby Purcell
Yes, you are correct Karen. Before 1908 the 6th...

Yes, you are correct Karen. Before 1908 the 6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment (Territorial Force), were, since 1887, the 3rd Volunteer Battalion (VB) East Surrey Regiment. Before 1887 it had been...
Forum: It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification 16-01-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By Toby Purcell
I have definitely seen an old photo of the...

I have definitely seen an old photo of the Hampshire’s, 2nd Battalion (ex 67th) wearing a Tiger badge in their FSCs circa mid-1890s. I thought it was a collar badge.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 16-01-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 254
Posted By Toby Purcell
A handsome man with a very pretty wife. I...

A handsome man with a very pretty wife.

I was interested to see that by the time of the photo taken when he was a sergeant, the three bar chevrons were made from a single width of one inch...
Forum: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals. 16-01-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Toby Purcell
A note of caution. There were a huge number of...

A note of caution. There were a huge number of manufacturers in the past when compared with today and there were a surprising degree of manufacturers variations. London and Birmingham had many...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 15-01-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 591
Posted By Toby Purcell
Indeed. It was such a waste of so many peopleís...

Indeed. It was such a waste of so many peopleís efforts too.
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 15-01-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 591
Posted By Toby Purcell
Good to see you posting again JF42. We’ve not...

Good to see you posting again JF42. We’ve not exchanged since the demise of VWF. Frogsmile/Toby
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 13-01-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By Toby Purcell
Only officers of line infantry wore regimental...

Only officers of line infantry wore regimental buttons at that time, and although they should be gilt the finish could be worn off if not cleaned properly. Other ranks began to receive regimental...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 12-01-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 538
Posted By Toby Purcell
Clearly all must be officer pattern badges I...

Clearly all must be officer pattern badges I think. Thank you for posting them.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 12-01-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By Toby Purcell
An acquaintance on the Great War Forum will be...

An acquaintance on the Great War Forum will be interested Iím sure, so Iíve posted this message via a link so that he can see it and get in contact.
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 11-01-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By Toby Purcell
I too think that Jon has hit the nail on the head...

I too think that Jon has hit the nail on the head with his ID of HAC infantry.
Forum: Cavalry, Yeomanry, Tank/RAC Badges 11-01-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By Toby Purcell
Looks a good un to me too. Wasnít the longer...

Looks a good un to me too. Wasnít the longer slider for the Brodrick cap?
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 10-01-20, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By Toby Purcell
You make a very good point about the striking on...

You make a very good point about the striking on the rear of the badge, Rob, as sand cast badges usually have solid backs. Itís really the very poor relief of the front of the badge, especially the...
Forum: Photographs of British Servicemen and Women Wearing Insignia 10-01-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By Toby Purcell
That’s because it’s not a British cap. The...

That’s because it’s not a British cap. The precise details of its origins are lost in history, but it’s known to have been a type of cap known as a Bonnet De Police that was popular undress headwear...
Forum: Infantry (& Guards) Badges 10-01-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By Toby Purcell
It looks more like a sand cast badge made from...

It looks more like a sand cast badge made from impressing an original badge into damp sand to create a cast. The striking of genuine badges gives a much better relief to the front of the badge that...
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