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Can anyone possibly identify where this photograph was taken I had thought it was possibly taken at Esbank in Dalkeith, but the hill is maybe too long. It certainly looks like a bunch of new recruits, I think it maybe circa 1915 can anybody assist? It a very distinctive wall in the background, and look the size of the Polis compared to the soldiers :mellow:

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These one's are from my good friend Davie Adams book about Loanhead in WW1.

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For my money looking at the SMLE's being carried and the webbing which seems to be 1909 pattern, then I would take these to be regulars and pre-war or going to their War Station, so could possibly be the 2nd Battalion, who were in Plymouth in 1914. The odd thing is the fixed bayonets, which I would usually associate with a civic privilege.

Certainly in my opinion they aren't Territorials or New Army.

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Thanks for that Graham , certainly the bayonets fixed tended to suggest to me it was a town or burgh that the Royal Scots had the freedom of, which would narrow it down to Edinburgh, Haddington, Peebles,Musselburgh, Penicuik and Linlithgow. I was trying to get a better look at the Police officers badges but couldn't figure out what force they were.

John

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John,

Can't help with location,but a few thoughts.

1-Although marching with fixed bayonet,in photo 1, the Men seem to be at ease,so it does not appear to be a formal parade.

2-The Civilians,on parade in photo 1, are wearing a mixture of formal and working clothes,and are not all in step.

3-The onlookers seemed to be dressed in their Sunday Best.

Could it be a Sunday and recruits being marched to Camp.Does not explain the fixed bayonets unless it's a bit of unofficial recruiting at the same time in one of the Towns where Freedom had been granted.With the Bobbies being there the parades must have been pre-planned.

George

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The kilties with the Indians - are they Seaforths?

Interesting mix, looks like UK location.

Ian

Well funny you should say that Ian, I had mentioned to the old boy, Davie Adam, who wrote the book that the kilts looked like Mackenzie tartan and probably Seaforths, he said however that 'Ned Bourhill' seated left apparently in photo, which I took as Edward ,was definitely in the Royal Scots, I think he has him confused with Ned's brother Peter who was in the 8th then commissioned into the 9th RS where he would have worn a kilt, however not a Mackenzie one like these lads.

John

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Hi folks bumping this back up and adding a close up of the Inspector's cap, his badge certainly looks Scottish , as it looks like a St Andrew's cross form part of it. If anyone can give me the Force I would be grateful

John

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John

I've looked at pics 1&2 several times today.

I just want to say how much I enjoyed them.

The passion and the pride shines through like a beacon for me.

David

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My first thoughts about one and two is that they are guarding and escorting the men in civies. I wonder if they are German nationals who are being interred for the duration? There does seem to be a couple of Policemen at the front of the column in pic no. 2.

Regards,

Stewart

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Great photographs! I cant help with the location but! I did notice on Pic #3 the arm band on the Sikh soldier on the left would that help with ID and in the middle of the group on the ground is a framed photograph and what looks like a glengary ???

Cheers Rob.

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Thanks for the input folks and glad you enjoyed the photos. Stewart you may have something there about the aliens, the soldiers and the police officers certainly seen to around the men , and the fixed bayonets seems to mean business. The equipment seem early war, which would fit in with scenario of Germans at liberty in the UK. Mabe if soem kind soul comes up trumps with the Police badge, I can dig a bit in the papers.

All the best - John

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