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Old Comrades Photograph 2nd Middlesex?


David_Blanchard

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I have just been sent this photograph. One of the men was an officer in the 2nd Middlesex Regiment. Any ideas about the flag, what it represents?

David

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And here is a close up of the flag.

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David

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Looks like the Old Contemptibles Association flag

Michelle

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David

Without question an "Old Contemptible's Association" Standard, as stated by Michelle.

The group are wearing some interesting Medal Groups, with the Standard Bearer and the chap next to him sporting Military Crosses. On the far right (when looking at the group) is a chap wearing a Distinguished Conduct Medal and 1914 Star bar trio. There are also two Military Medal and 1914 Star bar trios, plus others with Queen's South Africa Medals plus a couple with King's South Africa Medal combinations.

A great photo. What was the name of the Officer and was he the Standard Bearer?

Sepoy

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No not the standard bearer. Third from the left, front row, is Captain Leopold Wanstall of the 2nd Middlesex he won his MC on the Somme, I think. He lost an eye and was taken prisoner on the Aisne 27th May 1918. I think he was living in either Gravesend or this could have been Canterbury as he was living in Charing when he died.

Thanks for the information.

David

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