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Old 23-02-17, 06:11 PM
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Thought I'd share this find, depicting what appears to be a Queen's collar badge in this infantryman's puggaree:



It brought to mind a badge Nozzer has here, in his 'The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Badges and Buttons' album.

I wonder if Nozzer's badge could be a collar badge modified for the FSH?

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Old 23-02-17, 06:14 PM
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Great photo. That's not an OR's collar badge but he is clearly an OR.

The non-voided halo is also clear.

This is the collar with a much smaller scroll.

http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...ctureid=136825

The longer scroll indeed matches the longer officers collar. Any date on the photo? Is it a WW1 TF Bn or a 1920s regular bn in India?

1908 belt with shorts with possibly locally made jacket with stand-collar. The badge on the side of the FSH is unusual. Pre 1924 pattern but could well be still in use a few years later.

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Old 23-02-17, 06:34 PM
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The 2nd Bn Queens were in India 1920-6.

There are several photos of the Bn in FSH here:

http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk...ndia38_1.html#

They are all wearing the usual Queen's diamond patch with embroidered Queen's title.
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Old 23-02-17, 06:35 PM
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Great photo. That's not an OR's collar badge but he is clearly an OR.

The non-voided halo is also clear.

This is the collar with a much smaller scroll.

http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...ctureid=136825

The longer scroll indeed matches the longer officers collar. Any date on the photo? Is it a WW1 TF Bn or a 1920s regular bn in India?

1908 belt with shorts with possibly locally made jacket with stand-collar. The badge on the side of the FSH is unusual. Pre 1924 pattern but could well be still in use a few years later.
As is unfortunately the case with these photos, no inscription/date to make life easier for us. Our man does have a (cloth) wound stripe and good conduct chevron - I'm not familiar with the regs which saw the phasing out of these items of insignia... could their presence in the photo help us to date it?



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Old 23-02-17, 06:39 PM
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Superb image Jelly T.

There is much to be learnt from these old photographs, thanks for sharing.

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Old 23-02-17, 06:51 PM
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The soldier is not the 1st Bn as they were not in India between 1908 and the late 1920s when the belt/badge were in use:

1908 Aden
1910 England: Warley
1912 Borden 3 Bde
1914.08 France and Flanders 1 Div
1914.11 France and Flanders I Corps
1915.07 France and Flanders 2 Div
1915.12 France and Flanders 33 Div
1919 England: Aldershot
1920 Ireland: Kilworth
1921 1st Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
1923 England: Aldershot 6 Bde
1925 Dover 10 Bde
1927 China: Shanghai
1928 Hong Kong

The soldier would be a likely contendor to be from 1/4th TF or 1/5th TF Bns according to the LLT website which records the RWS TF Bn's locations in India in WW1:

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/...rrey-regiment/
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Old 23-02-17, 06:53 PM
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All you need to know:

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldi...-wound-stripe/

Wound stripes were Post 1916.

GC stripes were earned after 2 year's service. If he was TF sodleir then he could earn this for 2 year's mobilised service. Assuming a Sep 14 mobilisation this could be earned as early as Sep 1916.
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Excellent photo, with good detail. Just goes to show what was actually worn to what apparently should be worn.
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Old 23-02-17, 07:01 PM
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Thinking about it with no medal ribbons and without any overseas service chevrons this photo must date between Sep 16 and 1919 and is more than likely to be a TF soldier. If he was a 2nd Bn regular on garrison duty from 1920 then he would have medal ribbons to go with the wound stripe.
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Great stuff, Alan. Thanks for the links too. Very helpful.
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Old 23-02-17, 07:07 PM
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What I can't find is when wound stripes were discontinued. I suspect 1919 but then we know the photo pre dates that anyway. It's a brilliant photo.

The fact that Regular Bn were not supposed to wear metal badges reinforces the view that this was a TF practice in India where they had room for regtl practice! I wonder if it is a locally made cast badge made under regtl arrangements. It's quite possible that they took an officer's collar to the bazaar and had these pagri ones made.

What a great photo though. have you considered putting t on the great war forum and seeing what they think about the uniform?
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What I can't find is when wound stripes were discontinued. I suspect 1919 but then we know the photo pre dates that anyway. It's a brilliant photo.

The fact that Regular Bn were not supposed to wear metal badges reinforces the view that this was a TF practice in India where they had room for regtl practice! I wonder if it is a locally made cast badge made under regtl arrangements. It's quite possible that they took an officer's collar to the bazaar and had these pagri ones made.

What a great photo though. have you considered putting t on the great war forum and seeing what they think about the uniform?
No, I hadn't thought about the GWF.

Here we go:

The wearing when in uniform of silver war badges, wound stripes and chevrons denoting service overseas, introduced during the Great War, was discontinued under AO 434 of 1922.

IMG_0693.jpg

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Great photograph, I note that the badge is worn on the side of the helmet, is this the norm?
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Great photograph, I note that the badge is worn on the side of the helmet, is this the norm?
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Good question, Tony. You'd normally see the cloth flash on the side, wouldn't you?
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JT that's what I thought!!!
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