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Armed Forces / Re: Identification of uniform in (victorian?) group photo
« on: Thursday 19 April 18 10:10 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

Wrong cuffs for militia, they would have had Austrian knots above a pointed cuff.

Also just noticed, the sgt with the medal has an extra band around his left arm above the cuff. It seems to have lettering on it, maybe "RP" but not 100% sure.

John915

Added, volunteers and militia became the territorial force in 1908.

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Aberdeenshire / Re: Uniform
« on: Wednesday 18 April 18 09:45 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

If you click on the photographic board, at the top are six posts highlighted in a brownish beige colour. Read the last two which will explain all you need to know about scanning photos, rules on posting pictures and resizing them if too large. Plus much more helpful info.

Can't give you a link to them as i'm on my tablet.

John915

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Missing WAIs
« on: Tuesday 17 April 18 15:44 BST (UK)  »

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World War Two / Re: Which beach did my Dad land on?
« on: Saturday 14 April 18 14:28 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

The DDay landings actually took 15 days to complete so he probably went ashore via one of the mulberry harbours. One only lasted a few weeks before being severly damaged in a storm. The other was used for several months to land stores and troops.

I'm not sure when the actual French harbours were able to be used. But it was several days before all the German troops were ejected.

John915

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Devon / Re: railway or bus ?
« on: Thursday 12 April 18 09:26 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

South Molton had a station on the north Devon line. So they could have gone east then turned south into B****** (forgotten name). Down to Tiverton and on to Exeter.

Then bus to final destination if available. It was early days for long distance rural bus journeys.

John915

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Armed Forces / Re: Identification of uniform in (victorian?) group photo
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 21:13 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I will go out on a limb and say South Wales Borderers, why you ask.

The old glengarry badges tended to be larger than conventional badges. About fifty % of them were basically the same badge.

That is the garter belt in a circle with the motto on it. Topped with the Queens crown and the regt'l device in the centre. The badge shown seems to conform to that design and the OP says there is a Welsh connection.

Of course, it could be any one of the other non royal regt's with that design badge.

John915

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Armed Forces / Re: Identification of uniform in (victorian?) group photo
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 14:11 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Date would be between 1881 and 1914.

White facings so not a royal regt.

Not sure about the Scottish, no tartan trews as far as I can see. No cut away jackets either, need to check my book on when they were introduced.

No dicing on glengarries which would reduce the no of Scottish possibles.

Many regt's other than Scottish wore glengarries during that period.

John915

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World War Two / Re: Surplus British naval warship sales
« on: Sunday 08 April 18 00:03 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I suppose it comes down to how liberal you are with the term "warship". Would an ex naval officer be able to afford a frigate or a battleship, even at the end of the war. But he may be able to afford one of the many patrol boats, MTBs etc that were sold off.

Used to be quite a few at Shoreham used as houseboats.

John915

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Armed Forces Resources / Re: Cannon at Cartagena, Spain
« on: Saturday 07 April 18 01:03 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

British made cannon being made with a Tudor rose & crown in the early 18th century, rather like the Marie Rose cannon. A bit strange as that dynasty ended in 1603.

Skoosh.

The tudor rose is still in use by the monarchy today. As it has been by every monarch since Queen Anne.

John915

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