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parkesy

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I wonder if anyone would be able to recognise this uniform. It's my 3xgreat grandfather. I have been given the picture by an uncle of mine who doesn't know if it's from the Great War, or an earlier one.

I am still trying to track the man down to get his war records. Any help anyone could shed on this would be greatly appreciated

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Hi do you have his name or place he lived ?

Gary.

He is Thomas Webb Shepheard, b1868 Cardiff. On 12 March 1889 he married, and on the marriage certificate, his occupation was Private Royal Marines. His residence is listed as The Barracks Plymouth. He married in Ashton-Under-Lyne

I have him in the 1901 census, but I haven't found him any later, yet

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An interesting photograph because it shows his helmet on the table but he is wearing his 'undress' glengarry cap - both introduced in 1878. This cap was given up in 1893 on the adoption of the Field Service Cap so I reckon it should predate that. I don't know much about RMLI uniforms but I suspect this is not one. Could you zoom in on either the helmet, shoulder strap or buckle. This might provide enough detail of the regimental insignia to be identified.

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An interesting photograph because it shows his helmet on the table but he is wearing his 'undress' glengarry cap - both introduced in 1878. This cap was given up in 1893 on the adoption of the Field Service Cap so I reckon it should predate that. I don't know much about RMLI uniforms but I suspect this is not one. Could you zoom in on either the helmet, shoulder strap or buckle. This might provide enough detail of the regimental insignia to be identified.

Thanks. I'll see what I can do with the photo as it was emailed to me

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Despite there being a crack in the photo I would agree that we're probably looking at Royal Marine Light Infantry, hence the Home Service 'blue cloth' helmet and scarlet tunic. The Royal Marine Artillery wore dark blue tunics and their helmets carried a ball on top rather than the spike of the infantry.

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I think I may have found him on a Medals roll, but I'm not sure if the Thomas W Shepheard is the same one I'm looking for.

The card says that he was a Private in a "Rfl Brig" and his regimental number 6522. Can any give me any ideas as to what and where my next step is? (Military history is very new to me)

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I think it's safe to say that this picture Isn't who I think it is. As the gggGrandfather has been found in Plymouth, in the RMLI for just under a year

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