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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.


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.


World War One / Re: WW1 horse spurs
« on: Sunday 07 October 18 22:35 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

Standard British army issue spurs did not have a swan neck stem. It was straight and only about half the length of that shown. The spurs were worn above the heel, below the ankle bone with a chain under the instep and a leather strap over the top. So no need for a swan neck.

The swan neck suggests it was worn lower on the boot and so lifts the rowel clear of the ground when on foot.

Officers wore the same style although purchased except in dress uniform. This spur had a peg opposite the stem which was inserted in a hole in the back of the boot heel with a screw going in each side of the heel.

I have seen some Australian spurs that looked like the one shown but not sure which unit now. They were worn in the same way as ours.


The Lighter Side / Re: True or false?
« on: Thursday 20 September 18 19:40 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

Fullers earth is one of the finest powders when ground. Hence it's use in talcum powder at one time if not still used.

Also used by the armed forces in special pads to use as a first line defence against chemical agent droplets on the skin and clothing. BLOT, BANG, RUB over the affected area to gather up the droplets.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: The HARPIST
« on: Wednesday 25 July 18 16:01 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

The building with extra story and altered roof was there in 1914, see page 2 of Francis Frith photos.

In the 60s it was the pub as I remember it which was single story and stood further away from the rd junction.

As Dobfarms link shows, the new flats have been built right out to the pavement. Scan left on that link towards the bridge, the building with a row of low windows is, or was, the corn store cafe.

I don't think the station hotel exists anymore either. It's all retail outlets of different sorts along there now.


World War Two / Re: RAC to 3rd Carabiniers - India/Burma
« on: Monday 23 July 18 22:56 BST (UK)  »
Good evening,

I'm working from memory here but as far as I recall it is as follow. The cavalry regts then in existence did not create extra squadrons in the same way as the infantry had extra battalions during the wars. They remained as they were albiet at war time strength.

To create more armoured units some infantry battalions were retrained on armour and became RAC regts. Possibly with nos rather than names. Their cap badge was the mailed fist with two arrows encircling it on each side and surmounted by the kings crown.

After ww2 they were disbanded and the last regt I know of to wear that cap badge was the Junior Leaders Regt RAC. We wore that badge until the  final term when we wore the cap badge of the regt we elected to go into.


Armed Forces / Re: 101st Regiment, 1872
« on: Friday 20 July 18 17:38 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

Two different regts have had that no.

One as you say was disbanded in 1817.

The other was from 1759 to 1861an East India company regt under various titles. In 1861 it became the 101st Royal Bengal Fusiliers. In 1881 it became the 1st batt Royal Munster Fusiliers with the 104th Bengal Fusiliers becoming the 2nd batt. Disbanded in 1922 after partition of Ireland.


London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: Twickenham Cemetery
« on: Friday 20 July 18 17:27 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon,

I can sympathise with you Martin, I too have done a search and took photo's there for a fellow RCr some years ago.

I used to park my truck along hospital rd for tacho breaks so it was easy or so I thought. I searched once but couldn't locate them but on my second visit saw those same plans. Probably even the same men who took me straight to where I wanted. Somewhere near that dirty patch on the plan you show. It had been overgrown on my first visit but had been cleared when I returned.

Not every grave has one but enough do to help locate what you want. You may have to rummage in the grass but you will find grave no's at the foot of the grave nr one corner. Carved into grave surrounds or slabs where possible. Row markers are nr the footpaths, but inside of the rows around the edge, or should be. Some are now missing especially at the older end where you are looking.


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.


Added, also an eye at top of first medal.

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