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Old 16-04-08, 08:32 PM
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I have "rescued" a couple of photo's of WW2 servicemen from some broken frames. One is a Kiwi Sgt pilot, which I will post elsewhere and the other is the one posted here.

This Marine is serving in one of the Commandos. I would imagine about the time of D Day. He is wearing the later war battledress with the exposed buttons, but it is not so late that he has a collar and tie or any medal ribbons.

He is wearing a round "Combined Ops" badge below a "Commando" title below a "Royal Marines" title with number. Can anybody with better eyes than me read the number?

I will post a "blow up" of the badges, which might help. It will probably be somewhere between 40 and 48.

Lastly, there is something written on the back of the mounting board. I can't read the writing, but I would like to hope it that it is his name.
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Old 16-04-08, 08:35 PM
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Is it his name?
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Hello,
It is probably “45”.

They wore this combination of titles and Combined Operations badge and they were an embroidered set of titles rather than the “Cash’s” tape type.

Photos taken just before and after D Day show this variation of the titles being worn.

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Old 18-04-08, 08:38 AM
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Thanks Danny. from the uniform and unit it looks like he would have taken part in the D Day landings

Now that we have the number all we need is his name!
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Name looks like "Frank Haines"???

This was as good as I could get it btw.

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Old 18-04-08, 08:49 AM
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This may sound a bit silly, but if you run your eyes a little out of focus what is written on the back seems to become a bit more clear. I still can't make out the name but maybe someone else can.

cheers, Michael
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Old 18-04-08, 08:51 AM
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Well, now that unknown soldier was able to post faster than I can type disregard my silly idea
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Well, now that unknown soldier was able to post faster than I can type disregard my silly idea
Sorry to have pre-empted you :-) I reversed the colours and did as you suggested, just let my eyes go out of focus and followed the lighter areas, with paint brush :-)

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Old 23-04-08, 12:48 AM
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Thanks for all the input to this thread.

If the name is Frank Haines I think he survived the war, or more correctly I couldn't find him on the CWGC site.
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Default Royal Marine Commando c1944

Hi, I am new to the forum and I am interested in the photo of the Royal Marine posted. I want to collect a set of RM D-Day badges, but I am a little confused by the combinations. I have been advised that the Royal Marines wore the "tombstone" combined ops badge along with their unit title. Yet this picture shows the marine wearing the "round" version. Could one of you more experienced contributors advise please?
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Hi,
Not sure if it would be of interest, but I have posted a guide to Combined Operations insignia on e-Bay. The URL is: http://reviews.ebay.com/WWII-British...:-1:LISTINGS:3
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Thanks for all the input to this thread.

If the name is Frank Haines I think he survived the war, or more correctly I couldn't find him on the CWGC site.
Just had a look at this via some graphics stuff that I have. Is it just me, but the first name looks like Hamish - with a small h
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