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Trooper Harris


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Hi Roy,

A bit of a swither between the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) or the Royal Berkshires, I will go with the Buffs.

Rob

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I think he is infantry rather than cavalry - East Kents? Can't find my book!

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Although the Buffs and Monmouths came to mind, in this instance I'll go with the Brecknockshire Battalion, South Wales Borderers.

Steve

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Shot in the dark - if a Trooper, how about Montgomeryshire Yeomanry? If so there should be 'MY' below the dragon (if its a dragon). Are there any initials with the name, which could lead to his medal card?

daggers

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Admitedly, I cannot identify the cap badge, however, I am inclined to agree with Patrick. There is nothing about the uniform that suggests he is a mounted soldier. :unsure:

Regards,

Tim

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Hi Tim, I have to agree there is nothing to suggest him being mounted, I do still punt at the Buffs!

Rob

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Hello to all,

Sorry I have no other info to go on as yet but I would say that the badge is a Dragon

The photograph was taken by photographer S.J.Allen, Pembroke Dock

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Dan

As previous posters have said, it is definitely the Buffs.

Have a look at the badge here and compare the contours:

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Regiments/CapBadges.html

There are about 130 MICs with the surname of Harris in the Buffs - so you are going to need a first name or number.

Regards

Mel

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Dan

As previous posters have said, it is definitely the Buffs.

Have a look at the badge here and compare the contours:

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Regiments/CapBadges.html

There are about 130 MICs with the surname of Harris in the Buffs - so you are going to need a first name or number.

Regards

Mel

Mel

His name is Cyril Harris, hope that will help

Roy

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OK from the MICs that narrows it to:

Medal card of Harris, C W H

Corps: East Kent Regiment

Regiment No: G/25364

Rank: Private

Medal card of Harris, C P

Corps: East Kent Regiment

Regiment No: G/24836

Rank: Private

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Medal card of Harris, C F

Corps Regiment No Rank

1/1st Royal East Kent Yeomanry 2147 Trumpeter

East Kent Regiment 270249 Private

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None of the actual MICS have the first name on them.

The first two were awarded a pair and the last one served at Gallipoli with a date of entry 24/9/15 and survived the war.

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I have just checked the CWGC and all three survived - no leads there.

Why did you use Trooper in the opening post?

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I have just checked the CWGC and all three survived - no leads there.

Why did you use Trooper in the opening post?

You got me there, probably a relative told me or I presumed thinking he is holding a whip in the photograph, but it's not a whip is it. Mel, I don't know

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Assuming he survived, there are 3 possibilties if he was a Buff (I am not a uniform expert so can't positively ID the badge)

CP Harris G24836 was a conscript of late 1917. He served with the 1st Battalion and survived the war

CF Harris and Cyril George Harris both started off in the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles which later became the 10th Battalion of The Buffs. CF was a Trumpeter and qualified for the 1914/15 star on 24/9/1915 and was disembodied (discharged) as a Private on 30/3/1919. CG was from Herne Bay and was 19 when he joined in May 1915. He didn't qualify for the star as he was at home until July 1916. He was a skilled sadler and was demobilised on 4/4/1919 as a Sergeant.

Mick Mills

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  • 5 years later...

I don't know if this topic is still current but I am hoping so; the soldier I am trying to identify is named Cyril Harris, a group photograph shows him with 3rd Battalion MGC at Clapstone Camp in August 1917. He survived the war but unfortunately I don't have his number. Hope this piece of info will help.

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