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Identification of regiment from uniform and cap badge


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Grateful for the help of the forum in helping me identify:

1) the regiment from the cap badge post-14930-0-90175900-1420750419_thumb.j

2) the meaning of the armband post-14930-0-24877000-1420750326_thumb.j

3) the medal the ribbon strip above the left tunic pocket post-14930-0-73455400-1420750278_thumb.j

I attach a general photograph, a close up of the hat badge, and a close up of the ribbon stripe which includes a glimpse of an epaulette badge.

Any help and advice will be greatfully welcomed.

Many thanks

Bob

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MM?

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Hi Bob,

He's wearing spurs, riding trousers, a bandolier, and lanyard - so presumably a Driver (rather than a Sapper) with an RE signals unit.

Regards

Chris

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Hi Bob,

He's wearing spurs, riding trousers, a bandolier, and lanyard - so presumably a Driver (rather than a Sapper) with an RE signals unit.

Regards

Chris

He might well be a 'linesman', a key appointment in the Signal Service, whose appointees wore mounted duty clothing and equipment and signals brassard. They provided a critical service for all formation headquarters.

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RE signaler as already mentioned and a MM winner, is his name known?

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If a linesman but wearing spurs he'll be the chap who rode on a horse behind the cable wagon, using a forked stick to lift the cable over obstacles as it was laid (as Frogsmile suggests). I don't know, but I suspect the RE Drivers of such a detachment wouldn't have worn the signallers' brassard?

One RE Signals Company cable detachment I am aware of in 1914 comprised ten men in all: a Sergeant and two Drivers plus a 2nd Corporal, three Sappers and three Pioneers to lay the cable from drums on a wagon (and I've seen them generally referred to as linesmen, although I wonder if the title properly belongs to the one who was the horseman); as I think the usual number of personnel for a cable wagon was 7 men, this might reflect a couple riding shotgun, so to speak, when in action at Le Cateau.

Had a very quick Google about but couldn't find anything obvious to identify this man and his MM, but would hope it's feasible to find him.

Cheers, Pat

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RE signaler as already mentioned and a MM winner, is his name known?

His surname was Bryce and I suspect that his Christain name was Robert.

He is my grand step uncle. I scanned the picture from a postcard. On the other side is the message "From Bobbie to Tina." The Tina was I believe was Christina Bonnington my grand aunt, Robert Bryce's step sister.

Is there a list of military medal holders available somewhere online?

Thanks and best wishes

Bob

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Any views what the brass letters you can just about see on the left epaulette in this picture?

Bob

It is the brass shoulder title RE - for Royal Engineers...

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His surname was Bryce and I suspect that his Christain name was Robert.

He is my grand step uncle. I scanned the picture from a postcard. On the other side is the message "From Bobbie to Tina." The Tina was I believe was Christina Bonnington my grand aunt, Robert Bryce's step sister.

Is there a list of military medal holders available somewhere online?

Thanks and best wishes

Bob

Thanks Bob,

In theory you should be able to find a listing for it being awarded on the London Gazette.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

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Personally, I find TNA to be much easier to search. LG's search engine was never very accurate, but since it's been revamped it's become even more tricky IMHO.

I suspect that your man was 193164 RE, and was previously 13845 in the Scottish Rifles.

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The armband was blue and white denoting signaller.

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Here is the London Gazette entry for the MM of 193164, Sapper R. Bryce.

Phil

Thank you Phil. Very much apprceciated.

Personally, I find TNA to be much easier to search. LG's search engine was never very accurate, but since it's been revamped it's become even more tricky IMHO.

I suspect that your man was 193164 RE, and was previously 13845 in the Scottish Rifles.

Thanks. I agree with your expressed "IMHO".

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The best way I find, particularly for MMs, is to limit the dates (say, 01/081914 to some-when in 1919), then input service number and surname only.

Phil

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