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Old 01-04-21, 09:04 AM
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Here is a photo of one of my paternal grandmother's brothers. The surmane is Manktelow but he could be one of at least four who served from the family. The face shape and eyes are those of Dad's mother!

The only one I know it isn't is William Manktelow who served in the Australian Medical Corps as I have another photo of him. If anyone can tell me who he is/ might be that would be great.

Without going into too much boring detail, I think that they enlisted from NSW.

My question relates to the small ribbon flashes worn on the left shoulder. What are they please?

I've had a couple of suggestions way back but would love some definitive answers.
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Old 01-04-21, 09:53 AM
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Theres some discussion in this thread of ribbons worn at the shoulder:

https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...Kitchener+Army

The colours of the ribbons don't appear to match the red, white and blue of an "ANZAC rosette" and that would be worn lower on the sleeve wouldn't it?

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Old 01-04-21, 10:56 PM
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Hi Leigh

Thanks for that. Yes, very similar to that worn by ?????? Manktelow. There doesn't appear to be a colour difference in the photo so any use of white would presumably show up yet red/ blue might not.

It has been suggested that it was some "leave distinction" or maybe service. Do any of our Australian members have an opinion?

I think that this photo must be taken in Australia before embarkation.
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sorry
i have no idea what being worn.
there doesnt seem to be any colour patch or a clear pic if the shoulder accoutrements
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Hi all

Here is a photo of one of my paternal grandmother's brothers. The surmane is Manktelow but he could be one of at least four who served from the family. The face shape and eyes are those of Dad's mother!

The only one I know it isn't is William Manktelow who served in the Australian Medical Corps as I have another photo of him. If anyone can tell me who he is/ might be that would be great.

Without going into too much boring detail, I think that they enlisted from NSW.

My question relates to the small ribbon flashes worn on the left shoulder. What are they please?

I've had a couple of suggestions way back but would love some definitive answers.
Hello Dumdum

I can't read his shoulder title but it might be AMC/AUSTRALIA with the bottom line curved down and worn as a 2-piece title.

The cloth ribbons were not uncommon, colour patches weren't issued in Australia, indeed they didn't know much about them here. If he is one of the AAMC blokes then it is quite probably chocolate, for the AAMC colour.

9th Light Horse Regt wore scarlet/yellow ribbons under their title when they left Aust, same colour as their regimental flag. You will also note men wearing strips of colour around their shoulder straps, probably representing battalion or corps colours.

Two of the Manktelow family served in Aust Army Medical Corps, William Charles was 8 Fd Amb before he transferred as a Gunner and his mother's initial was 'E'. Sydney James, father Sydney, was 14 Fd Amb.

Another (Albert) was 56th Battalion, mother Ann, he was born in England. John Robert served in the Pay Corps in Australia as an 18-year old, father also named Sydney.

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Old 02-04-21, 11:23 PM
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Hello Keith

Many thanks for all your information and your extra effort!

"E Manktelow" is "Edith" my gran's mother. They had a very "interesting" family dynamic....

My gran was rather prone to a bit of story-telling and my poor late father had some fun and games with trying to sort things out when she passed away!

This doesn't really take away anything from the contribution and sacrifice that the Manktelow men made. Albert was killed in 1917.

From what you say, the photo may be of either member who served in the AAMC and, although it has been carefully "filed", i.e. misplaced, this doesn't look like William so must be the other AAMC man.

I have found a group photo of an AAMC unit (on National Archives Australia, I think) that shows William so the search continues!
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