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What unit is this man in?


Tavern Druid

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Hi

Would anyone like to have a stab at indentifying this mans unit please.

I think it's the ASC as the cap badge does not look like any Cavalry badge I have looked at.

Or an Artillery badge.

I know the ASC dealt with horses and this man has a crop and is wearing spurs.

But it's the lanyard thats throwing me, and there are no shoulder insigna either.

And with his hands behind his back there's no other insignia on view!

His name is James John Hines, born in 1870.

David Turner

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Do you know where he was born and lived?

Can you provide an enlargement of just his head with hat badge?

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Hi

The Hines family were from Islington , London N1

I have attached a head shot of James

David Turner

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Just 3 possibles from many.

James Hines T2/SR/03154 ASC Driver

James Hines A/Sgt T/32532

James Hines R/4/072154

All have connections to horse transport.

You may be able to find service records to narrow it down.

He is not listed as far I see as having died in service.

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Why is the lanyard 'throwing you'? Mounted soldiers, including ASC wore the lanyard to attach a clasp knife.

1911 Census lists him as 'Carman Rly'. Railway carmen were typically used for local collection and deliveries so used to working with horses and fits with an ASC Driver.

Although detail on the badge is indistinct the shape, his age and circumstantial evidence point to the ASC.

Born 1870 would normally put him outside the age parameters for recruitment until the extension of the Military Service Act in April 1918 to include men age 41 - 50.

Ken

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I agree with Ken re ASC and his age. If he had served in the army before he may have gone overseas. If not it is possible that he served at home. The one with the R/4 prefix was probably ASC Remount Section which could have been home based.

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Hi All

Thanks very much for you replies.

As to the Lanyard, I wasn't aware that all mounted troops wore them.

I thought he was ASC but with your help I am more sure.

David Turner

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