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World War One / Re: Uniform ID Please
« on: Friday 22 June 18 17:47 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

The first medal is definately masonic, you can just make out a compass/dividers and square. The second is probably also masonic.

The bottom two could be military, the furthest looks vaguely star shaped from the edge.

I have seen other photo's where the medals are worn haphazard even on a uniform sometimes. Not sure when medals were first properly mounted on bars.

John915

Added, also an eye at top of first medal.

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Armed Forces / Re: can anyone identify this uniform
« on: Monday 18 June 18 22:48 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

Unfortunately the quality of the pboto is very poor. The only thing I can say with any certainty is that he is in a scottish regt. We know this from his headwear.

John915

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The Common Room / Re: What might OFC stand for, please?
« on: Monday 18 June 18 19:14 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

Why would they need to annotate it "other foreign country". The first column we can see already says "Hong Kong" which is obviously in the column headed "disembarkation point" or "final destination".

John915

Added, in any case, Hong Kong and Gibralter are both British colonies whilst Tangier is the odd one out, a French colony.

OBC.... overseas British colony
OFC..... overseas French colony

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The Common Room / Re: What might OFC stand for, please?
« on: Monday 18 June 18 14:35 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Maybe "outside first class" ie, a cabin on the outer side with an entrance or window looking outwards. Rather than an "inner first class" opening onto the interior of the ship only.

If you give us the ships name then we may be able to find deck plans.

John915

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Technical Help / Re: How do I get round file size too big when posting a photo
« on: Thursday 14 June 18 21:26 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

In "pictures" right click on photo, new window opens, select edit near top.

New window, select "resize"

New window, select "pixels" it will show size in pixels on rh side. click on largest size, delete and type 600. Both sizes will change at same time.

Click "OK" at bottom, new window showing reduced picture, click "x" top right.

New window, click "save"

All complete, If you have tried to post and failed then you need to change file name before trying again for it to be accepted.

John915

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World War One / Re: Recognise Unit or Regiment please
« on: Wednesday 06 June 18 17:52 BST (UK)  »
Back again,

Only the 200th and 201st companies may not have gone to France as far as I can see. But not a definitive answer by any means.

John915

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World War One / Re: Recognise Unit or Regiment please
« on: Wednesday 06 June 18 17:34 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Correct Tony, oct 1915 to be precise.

This has to be 1921 to 1922 to fit with issue of medals and demise of the MGC. I doubt he enlisted post war, 3 years would be a little short to achieve staff sergeant in peace time. So he must have had war service somewhere.

Still looking to see what MGC units did home service only, I would have thought they were all needed on the front line.

John915

Added, sorry but missed out the 14th in the start date.

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The Common Room / Re: Flag interpretation 1880 Scottish ship
« on: Tuesday 05 June 18 22:15 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I think perhaps some of the flag systems looked at are too modern. At the time in question it seems civil shipping mainly used the "Marryat" flag system. This system contained no vowels and was mostly numbers.

So the flags shown would read from the top;

            9
            Te
             7

Plain yellow was the quarantine flag at that time.

John915

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The Common Room / Re: Flag interpretation 1880 Scottish ship
« on: Tuesday 05 June 18 16:29 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

As it is flying as a group of 4 then it means either, a geographical term, a ships name or a bearing.

To have any of the individual meanings quoted the flags would have to be flown seperately. Not in a linked group.

The blue and yellow squares should be black and yellow I think.

John915

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