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World War One / Re: Does anyone recognise this war memorial?
« on: Monday 14 January 19 18:03 GMT (UK)  »
Good evening,

Definately not Seaford, I know that one. War memorials, whether in a church yard or else where usually had the names irrespective of denomination or religous views. Many names appear on more than one memorial.

With the short list of names, unless there are more on the reverse, I would go for a smaller place than Leeds itself. Dates are definately 1914 1918.

John915

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World War Two / Re: Uniform ID help Please
« on: Sunday 13 January 19 18:45 GMT (UK)  »
Good evening,

The spurs do not necessarily mean cavalry. He is an officer and quite senior with the braid on his peak.


I will try and find the IMS shoulder titles.


John915

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World War One / Re: Does anyone recognise this war memorial?
« on: Sunday 13 January 19 18:32 GMT (UK)  »
Good evening,

This is a good site; http://www.roll-of-honour.com/

John915

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Armed Forces / Re: Help required to identify uniform please!
« on: Sunday 13 January 19 16:39 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

He is wearing spurs and cavalry style overalls, also carrying a heavy sabre. This would indicate a cavalry regt but I don't know of any who wore that style of helmet. I can't see any regimental or rank insignia of any sort.

John915

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Armed Forces / Re: Attic Find - Red and Black Hackle
« on: Thursday 15 November 18 15:12 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

As a general rule plumes are longer and straighter than hackles.

Hackles are usually made from chicken feathers but can be horsehair, particularly the guards regts. They are worn mostly by infantry regts and have a wire loop at the bottom to fit on the beret behind the cap badge.

Plumes are usually made from horsehair but can be feather. Some are extremely long, household cavalry and dragoons, and flow downwards from the helmet. The bottom has the peg type bottom end like yours, this fits into a socket built into the busby. Hussars, RHA, RAF band etc.

I can find no reference to a red over black one for the british army but have not yet found anything on yeomanry. The only one that colour I have found is in the Pakistani army. It is possible that someone in your family served with them, officer or warrant officer rank and maybe senior NCO.

So I would say yours is a plume made of feathers. Scots regts who wear a hackle usually have them made from blackcock tail feathers hence the distinctive curves turning outwards.

Hope this helps you, John915

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Armed Forces / Re: Attic Find - Red and Black Hackle
« on: Monday 12 November 18 15:59 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Looks like the plume from a cavalry busby (hussars) or RHA busby. Hackles are feathers normally as far as I know.

John915

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The Common Room / Re: What did you do on Armistice Centenary Day?
« on: Monday 12 November 18 15:34 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

I was at our local church as usual with the standard. Church was full to bursting with people standing at the back.

Moved outside to the war memorial at 1045 for the act of remembrance and again a lot more people than usual attended that part. At the end the vicar said " the Victory has laid on tea and biscuits" for those who want to go over. They are expecting about 30 which is roughly the number we get each year. There were more than twice that yesterday.


I didn't go over as I had to go to the other local church and lay the wreath there.


John915

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World War One / Re: WW1 cap badge
« on: Tuesday 09 October 18 21:30 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I think you are spot on Jebber, didn't see that one in the collection I looked at.

John915

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World War One / Re: WW1 cap badge
« on: Tuesday 09 October 18 00:06 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

I would say RE, it is just so out of focus but all the elements are there.

John915

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