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RFA Sleeve Badge identification


TrevorHH
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Hello Trevor

He is a Bombardier wearing a Gun Layers proficiency arm badge.

Unfortunately, due to the size of the photo it is difficult to be certain, but he appears to have a three part shoulder title. This could well be a Territorial Force "T" shoulder title (County: RFA; T)(It could also be for RGA or RHA). If you are able to re-scan this photo simply "blowing up" the shoulder, you may be able to work out the county.

He is also wearing a 1903 Pattern Leather Bandolier.

Hope this helps

Sepoy

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Technically, the Layer badge was a badge of appointment, thus worn upper right. This implies his role was as a gun number, not a driver, so I deduce that he was double-hatted.

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He is an RA Corporal Gun Layer. I have a small monitor and cannot see both legs clearly, but if the leather covers are on both legs then they are 'Stohwasser gaiters' rather than the leg protector of an RA driver.

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He is also seemingly wearing jodhpurs/riding trousers as there is a seam showing on the inside of his left knee.

John

(On a 7" tablet)

All field and horse artillery were dressed for mounted duty, it was only the Royal Garrison Artillery who were equipped as dismounted soldiers.

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RHA/RFA Drivers wore the leg iron on the outside of the right leg as they rode the left hand horse of the pair. Judging by the way the photograph shows highlights on the chair, his bandolier and leather leggings I should think that a flash light or studio light of some kind was used when the photograph was taken.

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One would concur that the leggings appear to be of the Stohwasser variety.

If he is RHA then he would be mounted and quite possibly so if RFA also.

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Those are definitely gaiters. The leg protector looks quite different and does not have a spiral strap.

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Sounds right...of course he could be the Second Corporal in charge of the gun teams when the battery is in action...would take over if the Serjeant of the gun detachment were incapacitated.

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