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Offline dutch missmarple

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Re: Can anyone identify this uniform ?
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:15 GMT (UK) »
ok thank you.

I looked it up, James Windley was awarded The Military Medal 1918.
Rank: Spr, Corps: 34th D.S. Coy, R.E.

Does the uniform above match the uniform of a Spr (?).

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Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka

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« Reply #10 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:31 GMT (UK) »
The record for 165786 Sapper JW Windley Military Medal (not medallion) gives his birth date as 1880 - and an address in Dorking.

Doesn't answer whether the picture is him though although the lanyard on the right side would suggest an artilleryman and not a Royal Engineer.

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Re: Can anyone identify this uniform ?
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:37 GMT (UK) »
Hi, do we know if "J.W Windley" is the same man as "James Windley 1879 - 1965.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/wall/record/13522

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Re: Can anyone identify this uniform ?
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:41 GMT (UK) »
Max: sorry Medal not Medallion   ;D

Frank: yes James William Windley, from Dorking 1879 - 1965
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka

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« Reply #13 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:42 GMT (UK) »
Reply to your PM on the way

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Re: Can anyone identify this uniform ?
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 23 February 17 14:45 GMT (UK) »
Do you know of any other family members who served in the first world war, possibly Artillery regiment.

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« Reply #15 on: Thursday 23 February 17 18:39 GMT (UK) »
Hi Frank,

yes there was another family member.
He was killed in action on 31 May 1915 in France (I think).
Name: John Rupert Windley (brother to James William)
3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own)
He was a privat. Does the uniform in the photo fit this regiment ?
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka

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« Reply #16 on: Friday 24 February 17 16:09 GMT (UK) »
It is not impossible that this is the 3 DG John Rupert Windley.  The lanyard question often generates more heat than light (present company excepted Frank) but the fact remains that a number of regiments wore, whether officially or unofficially, a white braided lanyard on one shoulder or another.   

A leisurely flick around photos on Google images hits (some examples only) a 6 DG man (right shoulder), a 4th Irish DG (left shoulder), a "not sure" cavalryman (both shoulders !!) unknown Lancers (left shoulder), Leicestershire Yeomanry (left shoulder), 4th QOH (left shoulder) and Royal Engineer signallers (left shoulder and none).

Proves only that I can find Google images but as the photo was in the family and James William was a RE Signaller who seem fairly consistent with left shoulder, I would put a small amount on it being the 3 DG brother.  The uniform is correct for a man whose number suggests a pre-war regular and who was killed in May 1915.

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« Reply #17 on: Friday 24 February 17 17:06 GMT (UK) »
I agree Max, although (not yet) proven I think the photo is John Rupert and not James William.

John was about 25/26 years old when he was killed. If I had to guess the age of the man in the photo I would say between 20 and 25 years old.

Besides I think John looks a bit like James. But that could be just my imagination ofcourse.

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Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka