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Why all the difficulty in identifying soldiers in photographs?


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Royal Artillery?

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Chris - you might not be too far off the mark there - doesn't R.E.P.S. stand for Royal Engineers Postal Section???

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http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...p;resultcount=2

Description Medal card of Foord, Henry F

Corps Regiment No Rank

Royal Engineers 35299 Sapper

Date 1914-1920

Catalogue reference WO 372/7

Dept Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies

Series War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War

Piece Everitt H - Gibson A

Image contains 1 medal card of many for this collection

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The message on the back of the card reads, "Taken the morning Henry went to France", so there are probably a few spare pairs of socks and a packed lunch in the kit bag.

Andrew,

I already have the medal index card but thank you for the link.

Simon.

Mark,

much appreciated.

Simon.

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Royal Engineers

no. 35240 enlisted 1 April 1915

no. 35261 enlisted 6 April 1915 Royal Engineers Postal Section

Regards Mark

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OK, so I was wrong, but, a question.

Did REPS types have a special pocket to keep all those red rubber bands in? Would a jacket of this pattern be especially expensive on eB**?

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The rubber bands were in fact pale blue and white and the Sapper carried them neatly delineated in bands with blue at the top and white at the bottom around on his upper arms. I thought everyone knew that. ;)

I bet he's thinking. "Buttons done up right. Flies done up. Cap on straight. Good. Now there's absolutely no reason for anyone to take the mickey in 93 years time."

Steve.

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Quick firing Franking Stamp??

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A War Office-issue folding sign saying Position Closed in case the Huns ever tried to jump the queue.

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As a Postie, would he have done "basic traning" as a fighting soldier and then beeen designated to the post run or were they just taken on as posties, with no other dutys ?

Grant

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