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Old 22-05-19, 01:39 PM
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Default Unknown Uniformed Group in Johannesburg

I bought this photo on spec from Ebay as it had the look of a wartime group, possibly with a Civil Defence connection. It was only when I got it that I discovered the name of a Johannesburg photographer on the back.

There is a mixture of military and possibly police uniforms, nurses and women in a khaki uniform with side hats and a Boy Scout.

Close ups of the cap badges are not of great help.

Can anyone shed light on the uniforms or service please?

Jon
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Old 22-05-19, 01:43 PM
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The last photo is, I think, South African Engineers.

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Old 22-05-19, 02:24 PM
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The guy wearing the circular cap badge could be "Civil Protection Service".

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Old 24-05-19, 03:31 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Please can anyone post a picture of the badge of the "Civil Protection Service" and let me know something about it. The name suggests a Civil Defence-type organisation which in the context of the photo would make sense.

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Old 24-05-19, 04:01 PM
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See attached photo of their badges. I understand that they were the SA version of our Civil Defence.

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Old 25-05-19, 06:15 AM
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Hi Jon,
Nice interesting picture. Would it be possible to see enlargements of all the other people in order to verify the units?

As is I believe the following are represented:

Back row left to right:
CPS (Civil Protection Service) - Civilian Guard
Civic Guard - Later pattern badge without crown
Ditto
Boy Scout - assisting in war work
SAEC (South African Engineer Corps) - Officer
?? - Possibly SAEC as well but badge not very clear
SAWAS member - (South African Womans Auxiliary Service) - Voluntary organisation
WAAS (Woman Auxuliary Army Service)
?? - Need clearer picture
SAWAS member
SJAB nurse
?? - Need clearer picture

Front row left to right
SAMNS nurse (South African Military Nursing Service) or civilian Nurse
SAWAS kitchen staff
SAWAS kitchen staff
SAWAS member
Civil official
SAWAS member
SAWAS member
Civil nurse
SJAB nurse

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Old 25-05-19, 08:55 AM
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Steven,

That's very helpful. I will rescan the ones you asked for over the weekend.

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Great picture! The sapper might be Mines Engineering Brigade. The two unknowns might be NRV or NVB. The equivalent of the Home Guard. They wore leather 03 equipment rather than 37 webbing. Looking at age and ribbons on some likely to be one of the Dad's Army outfits. NRV = National Reserve Volunteers
NVB = National Volunteer Brigade
Both outfits wore the general service springbok head in circlet badge
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Great picture! The sapper might be Mines Engineering Brigade. The two unknowns might be NRV or NVB. The equivalent of the Home Guard. They wore leather 03 equipment rather than 37 webbing. Looking at age and ribbons on some likely to be one of the Dad's Army outfits. NRV = National Reserve Volunteers
NVB = National Volunteer Brigade
Both outfits wore the general service springbok head in circlet badge
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