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School of Gunnery, Shoeburyness 1916


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I am presently researching a corporal who served with the Motor Machine Gun Service and gained a commission to the Royal Artillery in July 1916. Shortly afer gaining the commision he attended the 119th course at the above establishment. In the group photograph, my man Goodwin is shown 3rd row, 5th from left wearing a white band to his cap (as are others). I would be grateful if anyone could offer what this may mean. Does it signify 'cadet' officers and NCOs?

My thanks as always for those who take the time to answer and help.

Yours cordially,


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Hello nrp, and welcome to the Forum!

I believe that prospective officers under training often wore white cap bands, so your guess is probably correct.


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