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Does this mean anything?


Skipman

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One of men am researching has this written on his attestation papers. Born in Scotland, moved to Canada and joined the 156th CEF, later 38th CEF in November 1915. Does anyone know if there is any significance in the tatoo marks, some organisation?

Or possibly just something a child might have done?

Any thoughts welcome.

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Cheers Mike

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Sounds like a DIY try out at self tattooing. If it hurt then he probably went no further. Otherwise you may have to read every Sherlock Holmes story to find out!

John

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A swift Google came up with a suggestion that the dot is possibly related to time served, unwillingly, at the monarch of the days pleasure. However, this may be a more modern phenomenon and totally unrelated. Any mention on the record of something like that?

James O'Hara

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Hi ya Mike,

sounds like a borstal dot which may suggest the wearer had been imprissoned

cheers, Jon

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Many thanks guys. I had wondered about whether he had been in jail. No mention of it in service record. He suffered a terrible injury, and took his own life, just after the war. He may have been a troubled individual.

Cheers Mike

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