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Formation Signs of the Dorset Regiment


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Is this the formation sign of the Dorset Regiment? If yes, which Battalion?

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The 1st Dorset's wore 2 bars, red for A coy, green B coy, yellow C coy, light blue D coy, dark blue HQ coy. Also red letters on light blue emblem below the epaulette, as the photo shows. The diamond flash is probably the 14 the Infantry Brigade, a red diamond, or 95th Inf.Brigade, red diamond. Full photo would be nice to see. JG

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Thanks John. I will post a full photo shortly.

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The crossed swords shown worn over 3 stripes would usually indicate a skill at arms instructor in a cavalry regiment.

Crossed swords over 3 stripes outside the cavalry indicates an instructor of the Army Gymnastic staff (in modern terms a physical training instructor). In later years each infantry battalion was established for such a man to run a purpose built gymnasium, but not at the time of WW1. In those years such men (i.e. the latter) would normally only be found in Bde, Div and Army level schools that required their skills.

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It's a great image and thank you for posting it. It is quite rare to find ranks above Cpl wearing the crossed swords. Although what I said above is true it's not impossible that it's simply an infantry sergeant 'breaking the rules'. It's not often that he would get away with it , but we all know that in war unusual things happen. It's a shame that no head dress badge is visible so as to be sure of his unit.

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200792 Sergeant Edgar Woodcock, 1st 5th Notts and Derby kia 22.3.1918 showing crossed swords above his stripes. JG

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The 1st Dorset's wore 2 bars, red for A coy, green B coy, yellow C coy, light blue D coy, dark blue HQ coy. Also red letters on light blue emblem below the epaulette, as the photo shows. The diamond flash is probably the 14th Infantry Brigade, a red diamond, or 95th Inf.Brigade, red diamond. Full photo would be nice to see. JG

Based on how colors photograph in black and white, this Sergeant served with either C coy or D coy of the 1st Dorset's.

When did 1st Dorset's serve with the 14th Infantry Brigade? When did they serve with the 95th Infantry Brigade?

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Hi Rum Ration,

When did 1st Dorset's serve with the 14th Infantry Brigade? When did they serve with the 95th Infantry Brigade?

From the LLT http://www.1914-1918.net/dorsets.htm

1st Battalion
August 1914 : in Belfast. Part of 15th Brigade in 5th Division.
Landed at Le Havre 16 August 1914.
31 December 1915 : transferred to 95th Brigade in 32nd Division.
7 January 1916 : transferred to 14th Brigade in same Division

Regards

Chris

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Hi Rum Ration,

From the LLT http://www.1914-1918.net/dorsets.htm

1st Battalion

August 1914 : in Belfast. Part of 15th Brigade in 5th Division.

Landed at Le Havre 16 August 1914.

31 December 1915 : transferred to 95th Brigade in 32nd Division.

7 January 1916 : transferred to 14th Brigade in same Division

Regards

Chris

Thank you Chris!

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