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Old 19-06-22, 12:52 PM
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Default Kent Volunteer Fencibles - E.K.V.R.

Hopefully some of you may find this an interesting photographic postcard showing a Volunteer Kent Unit.

Having studied the cap badges I believe them to be for the Kent Volunteer Fencibles however the reverse of the card details the Unit as B Company, No 1 Platoon, E.K.V.R. (East Kent Volunteer Reserve?)

Although its difficult to fully make it out the bass drum bears the Horse of Kent within a circlet with 'M.K.B.' on it, any suggestions welcome re identification and deciphering the other details?

The two Officers and the Warrant Officer wear different cap badges which I have not yet positively identified.

The clothing of the young boys seated at the front is also quite interesting in that one wears a full uniform matching that of the adults, the lad second from the right wears a very small Kent Horse style cap badge and the boy second from the left wears an unidentified lapel badge.

The light machine gun at the front is I believe a Hotchkiss M1909 model.

An interesting image and would welcome any observations .

Regards, Simon.
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Old 19-06-22, 12:56 PM
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Unsure why the last image is in portrait and not landscape, apologies.

Simon.
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Old 19-06-22, 02:12 PM
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Love the inscription: ‘I have just spotted an aeroplane.

Wonderful.

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Old 19-06-22, 03:01 PM
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Great photo, Simon.

A couple of the chaps are wearing Sgt. chevrons. To the best of my knowledge, this was not permitted within the VTC:

'The accepted military ranks and titles will not be used or recognised, and no uniform is to be worn except where necessary for training.' *

Simon - Sgt.jpg

As we know, the VTC had their own cuff lace rank system too:

VTC Ranks.jpg

Also, the drum appears to say '8th' (possibly), before the MKB, and 'Coy' after it. Just an added observation:

AE3A5AEC-009D-4D32-A1B5-8C48D3363DB6.jpg

The buttons appear to be black 'rifles' buttons, but could equally be the so-called 'football' buttons often seen worn on the VTC uniform.

CLNG b4.jpg

Thanks for sharing.

JT


* Source: 'Uniforms of the Volunteers 1914-19', The Journal of the Society for Army Historical research, Autumn 1938, Vol.17, No.67, pp. 163-170.

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Old 19-06-22, 03:04 PM
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I don't recognise the LMG but that would make it WW1 era: East Kent Volunteer Regiment is a contender for EKVR rather than Reserves.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotchk...kiss_M1909.png

There you go. The LMG is French so I would suggest the photo must be 1915-16.
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