Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - John915

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 243
Good evening,

I can't do any links at the moment Jen so all I can suggest is mr g---------- . Have a look at each of the crowns, naval, tudor and st edwards. The 2nd  detail from each side on the tudor and st edwards crowns are fluer de lis. On the naval crown they are sails, a large square. This not what I see on your picture, I see fluer de lis.

When I say that RN do not use the naval crown I am talking cap badges. They do use it on other applications such as naval heraldry and on the top of a ships jack staff.

When I get to my laptop I will put up some pictures for you.


Good afternoon,

On the question of the cap badge, rossko57 was fairly certain that it is a tudor crown. That was always my first impression also and in brass not embroidered.

It is far too low on the cap to have anything below it, the chinstrap is only 38 wide so not enough space for anything behind it.

If it is by chance a "naval crown" that rules out RN as they do not use it. They are "Royal" so have either a tudor crown or st edwards crown depending on the monarch.

MN do use the naval crown on their cap badge but over an anchor(no fouling). So that brings us to some civilian maritime organisation, but which. I still prefer some ferry company or similar, possibly on the thames.


Europe / Re: U-boat rammed by British tanker
« on: Wednesday 21 February 18 23:02 GMT (UK)  »
Good evening,

I can fi d only 4 sunk by rammimg by vessels other than RN of some sort.

U49 rammed by SS British Transport

U93 rammed by SS Brainiel

UB78 rammed by Queen Alexandra

U103? rammed by RMS Olympic

There are quite a no though sunk or missing through unknown reasons so could be one of those.


Good afternoon,

Yes, "fore and aft" refers to the creases in the trousers on no 1 and 3 dress. Worn by CPOs, WOs and officers.

Ratings, PO and down wore the bell bottoms which had 7 horizontal creases across each leg. I remember watching my uncle ironing them in when it was time to report back to ship after leave.


World War One / Re: Medals
« on: Friday 16 February 18 17:11 GMT (UK)  »
And again,

RNR are all professional seamen from the MN and fishing fleets who formed a reserve of men who could be called on for war service with the RN. It goes back to the Naval Reserve Act 1859.

Originally seamen only , in 1862 it included officers as well with their distinctive chain rank insignia.

RNVR were founded in 1903, was a reserve of civilian volunteers. Known as the "Wavy Navy" because of the officers rank insignia of wavy stripes. By the end of WW1 they outnumbered the RNR by about 3 to 1.

The two were amalgamated in 1958.


World War One / Re: Medals
« on: Friday 16 February 18 16:52 GMT (UK)  »
Back again,

This is the one I was looking for earlier, had to go and pick up OH, definitely same man. This may help Max, shows him in RN uniform with Leading rate.


World War One / Re: Medals
« on: Friday 16 February 18 15:42 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Was this the same man in previous thread;


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Help identifying this bridge please.
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 12:18 GMT (UK)  »
Back again,

Are  you so sure the gates lead to a Church?  It is possible, of course, but I would have expected to see some kind of notice board to indicate the Church and/or Services.
I have noted where it's now a defunct railway line that bridges over cuttings have been removed and the cutting filled in to give a level road approach to another road.

The fact that it looks like the bridge parapet is stonework and the stonework retaining wall beyond the bridge to the rights doesn't seem to fit in with the Sussex area, all the bridges I've found have brick parapets and retaining walls are in brick - building stone not available locally but excellent clay for making bricks locally to the railway works.  However most river/canal bridges were in stone!

On the contrary, there is plenty of building stone available in Sussex and a great many stone bridges in West Sussex. Particularly on small rural rds and also on the A272, one being a notable bottleneck with traffic lights.

I know of no bridges in Sussex being removed and cuttings filled in. Rather the old trackways have been turned into rights of way (footpaths). But, I may not know every bridge but having travelled tomany villages deliveri g to shops I know a great many just not this one as yet.


Good morning,

The dockyard workers would have been civilian employees. However it is not beyond the possibility that some also joined the local militia.

There were militia artillery units so anything is possible, in fact I know that the Palmerston forts around Portsmouth were partially manned by militia at one time.


Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 243