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Title: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 11:02 GMT (UK)
Please can anyone identify what uniforms these two men are wearing
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 11:09 GMT (UK)
Close ups of the two faces
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: KGarrad on Sunday 21 March 21 11:46 GMT (UK)
I'm no expert, but the top badge looks like Welsh Feathers?
And the second looks like an artillery gun.
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: MaxD on Sunday 21 March 21 11:54 GMT (UK)
The one on the right (lower)is indeed as KGarrad has it, an artilleryman.  His buttons look like RHA ball buttons.

The other is wearing a 7 button tunic with a stand up collar- Canadian??There are collar badges but probably unidentifable also a Canadian indicator

MaxD
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 13:02 GMT (UK)
Thank you both. I've zoomed in on the collar.

My brother sent me the scan this morning. He scanned it some years ago from some family photos which are currently awol but may turn up. He thought the rh man was our grandfather who was in the Army Service Corps and the lh one was our great uncle (grandad's brother). But I've found out this morning that our great uncle was in the Royal Flying Corps which rules him out.

The only Canadian soldier we have in the family was my grandmother's brother who was in the 29th Bn Canadian Infantry, KIA 06 April 1916 Age 33 in Belgium. he had emigrated to Canada a few years before WW1 started. Maybe he was able to visit family in England on his way from Canada to Belgium and the other man is a friend or relative who was in the British army.

Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 13:20 GMT (UK)
I think I have both men now. The older brother of the great uncle who went to Canad joined the Royal Artlllery in 1904, served for just over 23 years and his occupation was a shoeing smith, so that sounds right for the Royal Horse Artillery.
Thank you both very much for your help
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: MaxD on Sunday 21 March 21 13:59 GMT (UK)
While not very clear, as KGarrad ventured, the cap badge does look like the Welsh Prince of Wales feathers.  The cap badge of the 29th Infantry is quite different, see Google images. Maybe he changed Regiment? Have you looked for his record?

MaxD
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 14:10 GMT (UK)
Looks like he did transfer, but can't read it . Attached a clip from service record
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: LizzieL on Sunday 21 March 21 14:28 GMT (UK)
While not very clear, as KGarrad ventured, the cap badge does look like the Welsh Prince of Wales feathers.  The cap badge of the 29th Infantry is quite different, see Google images. Maybe he changed Regiment? Have you looked for his record?

MaxD

I think a transfer was very early on. His service record shows he embarked for England on 20/ 05/15, then embarked for France (presumably from England) on 17/09/15. He was in the 29th Infantry at that time. The picture must have been taken sometime in summer 1915.

Maybe he swopped caps with someone else for the photo. Looking at the shadow of the photographer in the foreground, it looks like he's also wearing a military cap.
Frank (RHA) and Ernie (CEF) had three brothers, but two were in Royal Flying Corps and the other one was in the Navy.
Title: Re: Identifying uniforms
Post by: MaxD on Sunday 21 March 21 17:05 GMT (UK)
6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles a Vancouver based reserve regiment mobilised at the outbreak of war.
Agree, swapping head gear for photos not unknown.

MaxD