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Cap Badge - Which Regiment?


Ivor Lee
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HLI?

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Trouble is that it's so blurred - it looks as if it might or might not be HLI.

My feeling is to go for HLI unless proved otherwise, on the basis that (I think) Sherlock Holmes used - that the obvious is always the most likely!

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That's a tricky one - I wouldn't have immediately guessed HLI, but now Steven mentions it, I can start to see the shape of it....or is my brain telling me to see it now it's been suggested :o

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To be honest it looks like a Labour Corps badge to me. I have photos of MGC men with a Bonnet and MGC badge, so maybe it was done by ex-Jocks in the LC?

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It is the Royal Arms as worn by the Labour Corps pre 1918 & also "General List" Officers

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It is the Royal Arms as worn by the Labour Corps pre 1918 & also "General List" Officers

For what it's worth I'm inclined to agree.

Steve

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Definately a 'Royal Arms' cap badge, which is a fairly large badge - belonging to either a Volunteer Regiment(formerly VTC) or the Labour Corps. Best bet is a closer look at the shoulder title(if worn)if part of the photo.

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Graham

I must be getting old - the shoulder title had not entered my mind.

It is not very clear but I do not think it is the Labour Corps

Have been playing around with the photo to try to make it a bit clearer

Ivor

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Well not a lot to go on there then - although definately not the standard "LC" title you would expect to see. However with the titles of Volunteer Regiments they were "County" titles generally woven into the shoulder strap, (unlike the slip-on cloth titles used by regular infantry) with a 'V' above and in white worsted cotton. So you could be looking at a Volunteer Regiment here.

Now for the daft part - is there a photographers mark on the photo, as you can usually narrow down the unit if it has one, as Volunteer Regiments never served outside of their respective counties?

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Not a thing on the photograph.

It is owned by a friend who thought it was a relative who served in the 6th Gordons. He has no idea who it is or hpw it came into the family.

I suspect this is one of those mysteries which will not be solved.

Ivor

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Old eyes see....is the uniform button a clue? Or is it the light reflecting off it that makes it seem to be embossed?

Just wondering,

shawn

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I tried inverting the colors with M.soft Paint (with 200% zoom) and the button and cap badge show much more distinct shapes. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with all the various badges so maybe someone else could try this and give a clue.

shawn

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The Button apears to be at first glance the usual "General Service" Royal Arms button

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