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Old 06-10-11, 02:38 PM
gwulo gwulo is offline
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Default Unknown badge, Hong Kong, May 1918

Hello, I'll be grateful if anyone can help identify this gentleman's badge:
(There's a slider below the photo that lets you zoom in - but it's not great detail unfortunately.)

You can see the full photo it's been cropped from at:

The man on the right of the full photo has been identified as RMLI, but no luck yet with the one on the left.

Thanks & regards,

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Old 07-10-11, 09:36 AM
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Default Unidentified cap badge in Hong Kong


Looks like the cap badge of the Middlesex Regiment to me. Their 25th (Garrison) Battalion arrived in Hong Kong in April 1917 and stayed ther until August 1918 when it went to Siberia (source: Brig James; British Regiments 1914-1918.


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Old 07-10-11, 10:14 AM
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I agree with Postwarden

Gwulo = Ghost Face in Chinese parlance..... its the same as us calling the Chinese "Chinks"....... I chinned a Chinese soldier (Royal HK Volunteers) in Hong Kong, in 1995, for calling me this name..... whilst setting up an OP in western New Territories
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Old 07-10-11, 11:28 AM
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Hi Gwulo

Great site! Thanks for posting the link.
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Old 07-10-11, 11:31 AM
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Yes I agree also with Middlesex Regiment.
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Old 08-10-11, 07:00 AM
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Default Middlesex


Thanks very much for the quick reply.

Funnily enough I'd recently written about the Middlesex Regiment's arrival in Hong Kong in 1917, as we have a photo of them from that time with a cap 'badge' I'm pretty sure hasn't been seen here before:

But I couldn't see the badge's wreath in the 1918 photo (and had also got too attached to the idea the 1918 photo showed an anchor), so decided it couldn't be a Middlesex badge. After reading your comments and looking again, I see that the 1918 photo just shows the silver parts of the badge clearly, and the bronze parts are lost in the gloom.

Thanks for setting me straight,

PS Griff, the word you're thinking of sounds something like 'gwailo'. 'Gwulo' is much more harmless, and just means 'old'.
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