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On 4/21/2018 at 18:39, Donald D said:

Private Arthur Pike, G/5677. 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, died 28-06-1915. Commemerated at Helles Memorial.

The picture would look nice on the CWGC site.

Many thanks for the id Donald.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

Here is a Postcard of my grandfather, on leave in Paris, early 1918: Australian Imperial Force Lieut. William Frederic Lindsay, 53rd Battalion, Australian Infantry.

Born 1880, he was a Citizen Military Force officer and commissioned into the all-volunteer AIF in 1914. To France in 1916 with the 6th Reinforcements for 53rd Bn., AIF.

Promoted Capt. and Coy. Cdr. shortly after the photograph was taken, he was wounded in the successful Australian attack at Peronne on 1 September 1918 (Pte Currey, 53rd Bn., won a VC). Four 53rd Bn. officers and ca. fifty O.R.s. were KiA.5add34e5204c0_LieutW.F.Lindsayprob.onleaveinParisearly1918.jpg.d3329e8ea5a2b7ab9aba4380aeb75f9c.jpg 

Several decorations were awarded for the Peronne action, including the MC for Capt. W. F. Lindsay.

He died in 1940, aged 59, as a Citizen Military Force Lieut.-Col., MC, ED.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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AmericanTommy

A mean looking 80th Division Doughboy

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FROGSMILE

 Blandford was the HQ Depot of the Royal Naval Division (there was also an establishment at the Crystal Palace in Upper Norwood, south of London).  The image is reversed.

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GWF1967

Cpl -(Transport Sgt)  William Raymond Gingell Cossham  -  M2/104516.   A.S.C. 

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Timothy John cullen
On 25 April 2018 at 19:24, Timothy John cullen said:

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Drew-1918

Unknown corporal (?). My best guess is 19th London Regiment. I would welcome any comments as to the medals. Is it me or does his uniform appear a bit tatty. I wonder if he is back on leave to see his child.

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Gardenerbill

Could the walking stick indicate a leg wound?

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FROGSMILE

His uniform is tailor made from a lighter (thinner) cloth I believe.  Notice the large gap between his curved shoulder patches, without the usual tucks beneath, and chest pocket tops, that themselves seem slanted to an unusual degree.  His medal ribbons suggest a former regular and might perhaps relate to India.

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robins2

is he a Sgt  left arm appears to have 3 stripes??  medal ribbons look to me like QSA & KSA?? what ever they are they are they appear to be quite worn

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Drew-1918

Thank you very much, everyone.

Nice spot with the walking stick, Gardenerbill. I think you could well be right.

Very interesting uniform detail, Frogsmile. Perhaps if the uniform was tailored he was less liable to part with it, hence the slightly worn appearance?

Thanks very much, Robins2, for the details on the medals. I had no idea about those. I wondered about the stripes too in my first post. They look like corporal stripes on his right arm and sergeant ones on his left. 

Many thanks,

Chris

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FROGSMILE
2 hours ago, Drew-1918 said:

Thank you very much, everyone.

Nice spot with the walking stick, Gardenerbill. I think you could well be right.

Very interesting uniform detail, Frogsmile. Perhaps if the uniform was tailored he was less liable to part with it, hence the slightly worn appearance?

Thanks very much, Robins2, for the details on the medals. I had no idea about those. I wondered about the stripes too in my first post. They look like corporal stripes on his right arm and sergeant ones on his left. 

Many thanks,

Chris

 

The medals do look like the QSA and KSA, a good spot by Robins2. I am not 100% sure about the jacket; it seems either to be worn thin by long/hard wear and tear, or a tailor made version (each battalion tailor was required to make and mend and could make extra pay by doing so).

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charlie962
2 hours ago, Drew-1918 said:

They look like corporal stripes on his right arm

Definitely 3 stripes on left arm and clean and tidy., but R arm a bit of a mess. Were there any badges that went above stripes on one arm only? Could the uniform have been damaged (wounded) ?

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FROGSMILE
3 minutes ago, charlie962 said:

Definitely 3 stripes on left arm and clean and tidy., but R arm a bit of a mess. Were there any badges that went above stripes on one arm only? Could the uniform have been damaged (wounded) ?

                           

It does look like there's another badge above the stripes on his right arm, but it's difficult to say what it is, perhaps a signallers crossed flags.  I think there is a third stripe on his right arm, but its partially/largely obscured by folds in the cloth.

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Drew-1918

I am sorry, I should have provided with you with the kind of close-up I could see. I thought that it was just loose thread above his stripes, but perhaps there are signallers flags there. I cannot really tell. 

Many thanks for all you help and opinions on this. 

 

 

 

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charlie962

looks like a metal badge above 3 stripes, mixed up with old stitching ?

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Drew-1918

I think you are probably right. 

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FROGSMILE
5 hours ago, Drew-1918 said:

I am sorry, I should have provided with you with the kind of close-up I could see. I thought that it was just loose thread above his stripes, but perhaps there are signallers flags there. I cannot really tell. 

Many thanks for all you help and opinions on this.

 

 

I can see now that they are indeed brass signaller’s flags, the round finials on the tops are discernible.  This makes him a battalion signals sergeant (and its (assistant) instructor too), under a junior officer (instructor of signals).

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Drew-1918

Many thanks. For someone in the know about the 19th battalion (if I am correct in that identification), that info might make him identifiable. 

 

Chris

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GWF1967

Alexander Gow.  Pte. S/7774 2nd Seaforth Highlanders - A/Sgt 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders.  K.i.A  21/07/1918 Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. XVI.AA.26.

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mark holden

Royal Naval Division Howe Battalion. A B Septimus Watson. Note the RND shoulder title used as a cap badge. A later picture showing the Howe cap badge an shoulder title. 

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mark holden

RND Howe Battalion A.B Tom Storey.

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mark holden

RND Howe Battalion. A B D Wait. Note cloth 'Howe' shoulder title

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mark holden

RND Howe battalion. A.B Joe Jackson.

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mark holden

RND Howe Battalion. COLOUR Sergeant J Jewell

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and a Howe Battalion Xmas card that came with the photos above.

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