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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #9 on: Friday 09 June 17 22:33 BST (UK) »
His wristwatch has a shrapnel guard on it.
Unbreakable watch glasses became available in 1916 (Guard not required).
A wristwatch was generally worn by an officer.

Most Toms who wanted one got hold of or were given wristwatches. The most expensive then as now were Rolex, but they went down in price via silver ones and then to plain gunmetal cased ones. These were cheap and cheerful and used by all ranks
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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #10 on: Friday 09 June 17 22:35 BST (UK) »
With the absence of a cap badge & shoulder title it's not possible to say which regiment he belonged to.
The only info I can get from this is that he's wearing the economy tunic introduced in 1916, he's also wearing a formation patch on his upper arm. If it can be identified it will give you possibly a Division he was in.
Agree with ev some personal details might help.
Have to say the style of this photo has all the hallmarks of the 1920's/30's but as far as I'm aware formation patches were discontinued after WW1 & didn't re-appear until WW2.
Happy to be proved wrong.

Yes the shoulder patch will narrow him down. The tunic is deffo WW1 as it has x2 pleats under the collar which are visible. The post 1922 ptn only had one. The photo, patch and tunic are deffo WW1. I do have an index of these patches somewhere...I'll dig
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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 13 June 17 14:01 BST (UK) »
It's a 1915 pattern tunic with the simplified pleats as said the patches are wartime so is likely to  be 1916-19.

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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 20 March 19 12:19 GMT (UK) »
So sorry I forgot all about this post. Thanks to everyone who replied. Think you are spot on with the year/s Alan o. The subject (T. E. Crossley) was I believe at home on leave in Manchester at the time of the photo. If I have found the correct record,(Silver Badge Medal Card), he was in the Royal Engineers. The photo is from a glass plate, he was an amateur photographer.
BLOOMFIELD-Suffolk/Lancashire
KIRKBY/SWAIN/CROSSLEY-Lancashire
BYRNE-Dublin/Manchester/Lancashire
McGOUGH-Dundalk/Monaghan/Manchester
SHERIDAN-Dundalk/Manchester
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ROWBOTHAM-Cheshire
SOUTHGATE-Suffolk/London

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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 20 March 19 13:13 GMT (UK) »
Good afternoon,

Can't find that formation patch anywhere, not British anyway. The closest I have found is Canadian but as two seperate parts. The triangle is an MT COY and the three bars 3rd inf div.

Have to wait and see what Scrimmers comes up with.

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Re: WW1 uniform , can anyone provide further information ?
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 27 March 19 20:07 GMT (UK) »
  I would post in the Great War Forum and they will ID the patches.