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Old 27-05-19, 04:58 PM
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Default Terence Antony Podesta R.I.A.S.C.

359388 Lt (W.S. Captain) Terence Antony Podesta. Royal Indian Army Service Corps, later Royal Army Service Corps. Emergency Commission Indian Army 17/02/1942. Captain 25/04/1948. relinquished his commission 25/09/1950 and granted the honorary rank of Major.
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Old 28-05-19, 07:57 AM
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Pre-commission.
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Old 28-05-19, 07:58 AM
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HW, lovely photo's thanks for sharing, Regards Mark
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Old 28-05-19, 08:43 AM
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I've never seen a photo showing the officer cadet's white band around the ToS before - I'm not suggesting it's an unusual practise, I've just not seen it before.
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Old 28-05-19, 11:16 AM
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Is he a relative of his namesake Bob (ex 22 SAS) - there's definitely a family resemblance...?

There are no PERSEC issues here, he's not exactly shy about posting his own details and pictures online.
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Old 28-05-19, 08:33 PM
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Is he a relative of his namesake Bob (ex 22 SAS) - there's definitely a family resemblance...?

There are no PERSEC issues here, he's not exactly shy about posting his own details and pictures online.
Having just googled him I agree that there is a family resemblance.
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A nice group of photos showing one man's progress. Interesting that he lost his specs between officer cadet and commission.

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The migration of wing from arm to above right breast pocket is interesting - is there any similar relevance to raiding forces re operational jump experience please?
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Old 29-05-19, 07:54 PM
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The migration of wing from arm to above right breast pocket is interesting - is there any similar relevance to raiding forces re operational jump experience please?
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It seems to have been a peculiarity of Indian Airborne Forces to wear them on the chest. I have several other photographs in my collection of them being worn on the chest. However, the photograph showing the wings being worn on the sleeve, (post 1),was taken later than the other two and in England.
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Old 30-05-19, 05:59 AM
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Wings on Chest above medals on the left breast, could it be this was an early occurrence of foreign wings on the the right? appreciate it is India. Regards Mark
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Old 30-05-19, 09:15 AM
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High Wood and Mark
Many thanks for the interesting observations. I had not realised the image in post one predated the others (I guess it shows a crown - on closer inspection you can see the three lots of pip holes too) - very interesting thread.
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Old 30-05-19, 10:16 AM
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From my book "Badges on Battle Dress"

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Parachute wings for airborne forces in India, first mentioned in 1942, were officially announced in mid-January 1943. To qualify for the badge, described by a 1943 amendment to India’s 1939 Clothing Regulations as ‘cloth, worked with pale blue wings and a white parachute on a background of black material’ a soldier had to make a specified number of parachute drops. Awarded on the authority of the Parachute Brigade’s commander, the badge was to be worn on the right upper arm, two inches from the point of the shoulder on the shirt, battle dress blouse, service dress jacket and gabardine jacket by all qualified Parachute Brigade parachutists, all instructors regularly employed at a recognised parachute school and by members of the Parachute Training Centre Technical Development Section.

Revised instructions in February 1945 instructed all qualified parachutists of airborne units and parachute instructors regularly employed at the parachute training school and Indian Airborne Forces Depot to wear the regular parachutists’ badge - now described as having a dark blue background - on the right breast immediately above and in line with the centre of the pocket those qualified wearing it permanently even if no longer regular parachutists.
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William "Bill" Travers, second photograph down on the right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Travers
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Still reading your two volumes - obviously I have more gems to uncover.
Thanks for the clarification.
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High Wood - interesting re Bill Travers
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