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6 hours ago, Raster Scanning said:

On my part I was speculating a little on this picture. The picture came with the collection of Pte. Goodege who was a Cook (or at least worked in the cookhouse). He was mortally wounded when the battalion cookhouse was shelled in 1916. I also noted the man with the carving knife and steel, the man with the skillet and another with the draining ladle and the chopping table, along with the cutlery and crockery. I thought the gloves were for when they were removing hot pans off the cooker?

I have some questions.

Does anyone recognize what the man seated second left is holding?

At least one man is wearing civilian clothes (this was taken long after the battalion had uniform shortages) Mess waiter as has been suggested?

 

Yes the gloves might well be for removing hot pans from on top of a grill/burner and removing trays etc from an earth oven (Aldershot Oven).  The shovels at the front were used for constructing the ovens devised for the Army by Alexis Soyer.    I agree with others that the object in the seated man’s hand might be a rolling pin.  Pastry was sometimes made for pie tops using bulk supplied flour and lard.  The man in civilian clothes is quite mature to be a waiter (usually the role of younger men) and I think he’s more likely to be the canteen manager.  Each battalion usually engaged one of these when serving at home, or overseas in peacetime.  They were often pensioner sergeants and so well over the age of 40.  Profits went to the Regimental Institute (PRI) and to pay his small salary, which supplemented his pension.

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1909 dated photo PC of the two colours of the Brecknockshire BN of the South wales Borderers.  Nice details of the two flags and the insignia on the uniforms

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closes up for those interested

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6 hours ago, Jerry B said:

unform insignia close ups

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Super photos Jerry, thank you for posting them.  They are wearing a type of scarlet frock not seen on regulars, with very squared off chest pocket flaps.  These seem to have become popular at home (i.e. in Britain) around the time of the 2nd Anglo/Boer War, as they were a lot cheaper than full dress.  They would have been funded by the County’s Territorial Association.  That period immediately after the war was very transitional with lots of different uniforms adopted by the auxiliaries, especially the yeomanry, before they eventually accepted and settled down to the use of universal drab service dress the same as the regulars.

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On 29/10/2022 at 01:42, Raster Scanning said:

Two cards that belonged to and probably include Pte. A W Goodege, 13706, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.

The first shows them in 1914 while still in tents at Aldershot. The second shows cooks in Spring 1915 at Codford. Goodege was killed when a shell hit the battalion cook house 19-7-1916.

 

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With regard to the top picture I have been contacted by someone who has a copy of same and identifies the man (boy) 3rd right back row as a relative, Seth Gammons from Beeston in Bedfordshire. Seth was KIA with the 2nd Londons as Private 233511, previously 4609 5th Beds. Initially I thought they were wrong and had misidentified his brother Herbert who also served in the 7th Battalion. Then I came up with what I think is a plausible hypothesis. In 1911 Seth was 13 years old. So here he is 16 (and he looks it). I suggest he was transferred out of the 7th Battalion to serve in the 3/5th Bedfords on home service while underage. Once old enough he transferred to France and joined the London Territorials. He was killed in action 26-10-1917. His entry in the NRGW mentions he joined up in 1914 and was retained in UK until drafted to France in 1916 (when he would have been 18).

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8 minutes ago, Raster Scanning said:

With regard to the top picture I have been contacted by someone who has a copy of same and identifies the man (boy) 3rd right back row as a relative, Seth Gammons from Beeston in Bedfordshire. Seth was KIA with the 2nd Londons as Private 233511, previously 4609 5th Beds. Initially I thought they were wrong and had misidentified his brother Herbert who also served in the 7th Battalion. Then I came up with what I think is a plausible hypothesis. In 1911 Seth was 13 years old. So here he is 16 (and he looks it). I suggest he was transferred out of the 7th Battalion to serve in the 3/5th Bedfords on home service while underage. Once old enough he transferred to France and joined the London Territorials. He was killed in action 26-10-1917. His entry in the NRGW mentions he joined up in 1914 and was retained in UK until drafted to France in 1916 (when he would have been 18).

That all sounds entirely feasible.  Forum members such as @kenf48and @PRCmight be able to put some flesh on your hypothesis.

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Earlier this year I bought, separately, 2 postcards of the same man in a sanitats battalion. Recently I saw a group photo & the man sitting in the right hand window looked like him so I bought it. When it arrived I compared the writing on the back & found that the name & address was the same for all 3.

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They wear the typical cap for Krankenträger. By the way there were no Sanitätsbsataillone in the German Artmy during WW1. Only Kompanien. At the end of the war 314 of them. Could you post the backsides of the cards?

GreyC

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54 minutes ago, GreyC said:

They wear the typical cap for Krankenträger. By the way there were no Sanitätsbsataillone in the German Artmy during WW1. Only Kompanien. At the end of the war 314 of them. Could you post the backsides of the cards?

GreyC

Here you go. I assumed the S B stood for Sanitats Bataaillone. The point was the 3 postcards are of the same soldier.

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1 hour ago, Ron da Valli said:

Here you go. I assumed the S B stood for Sanitats Bataaillone. The point was the 3 postcards are of the same soldier.

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Ron, I imagine that one of the German speakers would try to translate the writing for you if you post better views of the back.

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SB=Soldatenbrief (letter by soldier) which means the rules of army postal service delivery apply. The unit is Sanitätskompanie 3 of 18th Inf. Div.

GreyC

 

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1 minute ago, GreyC said:

SB=Soldatenbrief (letter by soldier) which means the rules of army postal service delivery apply. The unit is Sanitätskompanie 3 of 18th Inf. Div.

GreyC

 

Thanks for the extra details  GreyC.  

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On the reverse of the second card is a note that the sender and presumably the soldier in the photo is „Käthe‘s father Paul Fiegler“

Charlie

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5 hours ago, charlie2 said:

On the reverse of the second card is a note that the sender and presumably the soldier in the photo is „Käthe‘s father Paul Fiegler“

Charlie

Thanks very much for the information Charlie.

1 hour ago, GROBBY said:

From October 1915 until June 1916 the 18th Division was in the Champagne district in the Souain area

Thanks for the information Grobby.

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Gnr. Edward John Fereday. 73855 

France. 16/8/1914.  - 56 Battery, 44th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

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On 31/10/2022 at 00:12, CorporalPunishment said:

The man front row far right is wearing the ribbon of the BWM.       Pete.

Good spot. It's harder to make out on the original card.

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"Yours as usual, Stanley"   He wears a shoulder title of a Territorial Battalion of The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Unfortunately, I can't make out which. 

Photo by - Pollard Graham & Co. Branches everywhere. 

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19 minutes ago, GWF1967 said:

"Yours as usual, Stanley"   He wears a shoulder title of a Territorial Battalion of The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Unfortunately, I can't make out which. 

Photo by - Pollard Graham & Co. Branches everywhere. 

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Stunningly detailed card.  I would say T4, but only uncertainly 

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3 minutes ago, Jerry B said:

Stunningly detailed card.  I would say T4, but only vaguely 

I thought T4 as well. 

 

Posted from Bridgend, 5th May,1917.  "Fondest Love, Maff"  

Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 

 

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Royal Engineers Signallers with blue and white armbands sewn to the jacket sleeves, then rank stripes sewn over the top. 

 Front row, far left, has medal ribbons but no overseas service stripes, as does the man second from right. The man second left has o/s stripes, but no ribbons. 

Echo?   @CorporalPunishment 

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53 minutes ago, GWF1967 said:

Royal Engineers Signallers with blue and white armbands sewn to the jacket sleeves, then rank stripes sewn over the top. 

 Front row, far left, has medal ribbons but no overseas service stripes, as does the man second from right. The man second left has o/s stripes, but no ribbons. 

Echo?   @CorporalPunishment 

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Very odd!! :)

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1 hour ago, GWF1967 said:

Royal Engineers Signallers with blue and white armbands sewn to the jacket sleeves, then rank stripes sewn over the top. 

 Front row, far left, has medal ribbons but no overseas service stripes, as does the man second from right. The man second left has o/s stripes, but no ribbons. 

Echo?   @CorporalPunishment 

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New jackets I think.  Medal ribbons were often worn by the end of the war by using metal brooch formers with long pins that facilitated the easy movement from one garment to another.  Overseas service stripes were commonly stitched on and so not so readily done if a jacket was new.  The other chap had his overseas stripes stitched on, but for some reason his medals not available.

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