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Identifying a photo
« on: Thursday 05 August 21 17:21 BST (UK) »
Can anyone help me with the attached - it was in my dads things, but I donít think heís on there. One suggestion was the Home Guard.
Dad joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1922, transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers, and eventually ended up at the Small Arms School in Hythe, before leaving the army in the early fifties.

Any idea on the uniform, era?

Thanks, Linda

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Re: Identifying a photo
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 05 August 21 17:41 BST (UK) »
Hi Lindyloowho.

The cap badge looks very much like that of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 August 21 18:06 BST (UK) »
Okay, that makes sense. 
Can you tell me when or what the metal helmets were used for?
And what is the ďboxĒin front, with a badge/sign, that the guy is holding?

Excuse my ignorance!

Linda


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« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 August 21 18:20 BST (UK) »
Steel helmets were standard issue, first issued (I think) around the time of D-Day.  They remained in service until the mid-1980s (and uncomfortable they were too!)

The insignia on the box may well be a Battalion Emblem, although others with better knowledge than me should be able to help you with that.

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« Reply #4 on: Thursday 05 August 21 20:02 BST (UK) »
I could be wrong but I think the 'badge' on what I think is simply an ammunition box is a '1A'  on a black square/diamond. It might be the equivalent then of the 'hazard' signs we have on modern military ammunition containers and that you see on vehicles transporting dangerous goods.

Happy to be told I am wrong !

For a modern example, see: https://www.safety-label.co.uk/products/explosive-label?currency=GBP&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwmK6IBhBqEiwAocMc8jCJdq4kUi0wWnw3wB9YXRbR64peJ9VOiPu33J8pPZMOEVXV2fm2mRoCS20QAvD_BwE
(1) Janions of Cheshire, Lancashire, Hawaii, Vancouver and Seattle.
(2) Gregorys of Tarporley, Cheshire.
(3) Pughs of 'The New Pale' near Frodsham and Delamere in Cheshire.
(4) Nevills of Llanelly, Llangennech and Felinfoel.
(5) Yaldens of Ovington/Lovington in Hampshire.

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Re: Identifying a photo
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 05 August 21 22:55 BST (UK) »
Thank you both. All the bits of information help with the overall picture.
So probably WWII, not I then.
Dad didnít fight in the war - he was teaching men to shoot, including officers at Sandhurst. Some of them didnít like being taught by a lowly soldier! ;)

Linda

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« Reply #6 on: Thursday 05 August 21 23:28 BST (UK) »
Probably earlier than WW2, judging by the uniforms and webbing. Mid 1930's most likely. Not sure about the apparently white uniforms- others may be able to explain that. The large pouches around their necks are their gas masks.
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« Reply #7 on: Friday 06 August 21 11:34 BST (UK) »
The 'white' uniforms may actually be khaki uniform that just looks white in the photo. Just a thought.

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« Reply #8 on: Friday 06 August 21 11:45 BST (UK) »
The steel helmets were standard issue from 1915 onwards.

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