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Need help in identifying military uniform
« on: Tuesday 09 January 18 15:40 GMT (UK) »
Hello,
I need help in identifying this uniform. I read online that the white piping could mean he was a volunteer.  It looks similar to some of the uniforms in the British artillery divisions circa 1900.  From a census, I know that he wasn't in the military until after 1901.  Could this be from the last year of the second Boer war? Also, a 1911 census states that he was in the "French Polisher Army Reserve (A)".  When I look up French Polisher Army on google I just get a bunch of links to furniture refinishing.  So either the census taker or google is inaccurate.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 15:52 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat  :)

I canít help withe uniform Iím afraid. But I would take the occupation to mean that he was by trade a French Polisher, and was also an Army Reservist.
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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 16:24 GMT (UK) »
I agree with JenB, the two things are quite separate.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 16:29 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, that does make more sense!

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 16:33 GMT (UK) »
Good afternoon,

Looks like the Devonshire regt, possibly one of their militia battalions. He gas 2 long service stripes and marksman qualification badge.

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 17:04 GMT (UK) »
Again I agree, the collar dogs look like the Devonshire Regiment, but I have been unable to find an illustration of a similar uniform.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 18:29 GMT (UK) »
So what do the two long service stripes mean? Did they get a stripe for every year served? And how common were the marksman badges?

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 19:38 GMT (UK) »
Good evening,

The marksman badges were fairly common, all would be encouraged to excell at shooting. It's what they were there for.

Not sure about the long service, I think 2 years then 5 years. MaxD will put us right if he sees this.

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Re: Need help in identifying military uniform
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 09 January 18 20:14 GMT (UK) »
When and where  was he born?
MCHUGH {mayo/manchester}   OHora,MCHALE{mayo/manchester /chicago}  KENNY{Manchester}   TIMPERLEY{wilmslow-bollin fee,Manchester} SMITH{manchester}  LEE{Colne,manchester,Cheshire} VENABLES {Styal.Cheshire} PAYTON {Staffs/Manchester}McCARTHY{TIPPERARY/MANCHESTER}  EAMES/AMS/HEAMES/HAMES/AYMES {Wilmslow/Manchester} Eames/Aymes  {Ireland/Manchester/Cheshire
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