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Pre-War Cloth Shoulder Titles, Rank and Insignia photos.


Toby Brayley
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I was fortunate enough to purchase this the other day! Stunning image of a member of the 8th Hussars 1904/05 so much going on here kit wise!

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Unusual embroidered? titles on this 11th Hussars chap. Never come across any like this before.

I wonder if he's wearing a cut-down embroidered slip on - introduced in June 1916 - and sewn on, as per GRO 2317 of February 1917. See the VIII H example below.

The GRO stated on the shoulder at the top of the arm, yet you often see them on the shoulder strap itself (like on the RFA jacket below).

Cheers,

GT.

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I wonder if he's wearing a cut-down embroidered slip on - introduced in June 1916 - and sewn on, as per GRO 2317 of February 1917. See the VIII H example below.

The GRO stated on the shoulder at the top of the arm, yet you often see them on the shoulder strap itself (like on the RFA jacket below).

The original instructions in 1916 were to wear them on the epaulettes - the 1917 GRO was the one that changed that to the top of the sleeve. So depending on date either is technically in line with regulations:

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=88885

To add to what Graham has posted the slip-on worsted shoulder titles were introduced in early 1916 (actual pattern sealing started in late 1915) to replace the brass titles (as far as I can tell all units had pattern sealed examples but not sure all had manufactured examples). These never really were popular at least from them actually replacing the brass titles, however photos of these things in use in France are fairly common.

As introduced they slipped on the shoulder tab. However at least by Feb 1917 the BEF issued a GRO 2137 (13.2.17) which stated that all worsted shoulder titles will in future be worn on the sleeve just below the point of the shoulder. This GRO may have been preceded by an ACI--but I'm not sure.

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I have this one, postmarked 'Sept 15 08', of "A" and "B" Companies 3rd City of London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) Aldershot. I'm presuming, perhaps wrongly, that the cadets with cloth shoulder titles, are a bunch of 20th Londons they have somehow met in camp. However, I'm not sure that the scroll on the cap badge looks quite right, and I can't quite make out the title. It's just after Volunteers have become the Territorial Force, so perhaps I am missing something.

Chris

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Edit: I can't help but wonder how many of them went on to fight in the Great War and made it through. I seem to remember seeing another photo on here featuring the tall soldier, at the back towards the centre, together with the cadet over his left shoulder, but I can't seem to find it at the moment.

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Nice photo of 1 V NOTTS AND DERBY with woven epaulettes also showing ordinary epaulettes. JG

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Brilliant photos thank you, some good detail of their cord shoulders straps.

I note they are still equipped with Lee Metfords.

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With the predecessors of the 20th London being the 2nd and 3rd VBs of the Royal West Kents, is it possible that the slouch hat badges are 'old' RWK ones that were near enough for them at the time of formation? The difference is largely in the scrolls.

Cheers,

GT.

Ah, I see. That makes sense and is interesting to know. Thanks very much for that.

Chris

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A member of the Royal West Kent's with cloth titles. I can not make out any wording though! 

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He could be the London Regt....I am rather torn between RWK or the LR.

 

I would welcome any thoughts. 

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Toby

its RWK the scroll on the base is different to the 20th London Regt and the gap between the Invicta is bigger also on the London regt.

Dave

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Thank you dave is was a 50/50 choice! 

 

He is a bit of an anomaly that generated about 4 hours worth of discussion at work.  There has never been any documentation of cloth shoulder titles for the MMP of MFP.  THe archives hold a large amount of information on the insignia of the MMP, MFP, CMP and RMP and not a single mention of cloth Shoulder Titles pre 1926. 

 

The only evidence I have found was this postcard (it did generate a fair amount of excitement). Cloth MMP shoulder titles, colour unknown. Note the 1895 sword, I would have placed this image pre 1907, inline with the use of the cloth STs and this variation of sword; however he wears a George V cap badge, very different from the Edward VII, so this image must date from after 1910/11. 

 

I would certainly place it pre Great War.

 

Image courtesy of the RMP museum. 

 

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Would anyone happen to have detailing of the cord shoulder straps used from 1904-1907? 

 

Were they a standard colour or did they differ between Regiments? 

 

Many Thanks

 

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6 hours ago, Toby Brayley said:

Were they a standard colour or did they differ between Regiments? 

 

Always a light-ish khaki colour that I have been aware of Toby.

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By khaki do you mean khaki as in India, khaki drill, for example, or drab, the colour of Service Dress from 1902?

 

I think you mean the latter.

 

There is a big difference of course.

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1 hour ago, Muerrisch said:

By khaki do you mean khaki as in India, khaki drill, for example, or drab, the colour of Service Dress from 1902?

 

I think you mean the latter.

 

There is a big difference of course.

 

No, I mean khaki the colour...

 

khaki - noun:
a dull greenish or brownish-yellow colour.
 
An officers example, but otherwise as per:
 
 
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A private purchase NCO's example:
 
 
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The colour usually seems to be lighter compared to the SD material.
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Thank you. I believe the definition offered is modern. I think the 1914-18 definition of khaki would be "dust or sand-coloured" .......... the early khaki was obtained by staining with tea and assorted dyes. The definitions offered on the web are not congruent. For example: 

Khaki (UK /ˈkɑːk/, Canada and US /ˈkæk/) is a color, a light shade of yellow-brown. Khaki is a loanword incorporated fromHindustani (Urdu or Hindi) ख़ाकी/خاکی (meaning "soil-colored") and is originally derived from the Persian: خاک [xɒːk] (Khâk, literally meaning "soil"), which came to English from British India[1] via the British Indian Army.

Khaki has been used by many armies around the world for uniforms, including camouflage. It has been used as a color name in English since 1848 when it was first introduced as a military uniform, and was called both drab and khaki[2]—khaki being a translation of the English drab light-brown color.[3] A khaki uniform is often referred to as khakis.

 

SD in 1914 was officially coloured "drab", not khaki, so I think an appropriate description for the cords might be "pale drab".

 

In any case, thank you, because I had no idea how they related to the jacket colour.

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1 hour ago, Muerrisch said:

Thank you. I believe the definition offered is modern...

 

Indeed, because I am a modern man and live in a modern world, not the world of 100 years ago. The world has changed, how words are defined has changed with it. I believe 99% of the current population would have quite correctly understood what I meant, which as a target rate I am quite happy with, and won't be changing :thumbsup:

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Thank you chaps.

 

That is super helpful Andrew, a "a light-ish Khaki" conjures up the colour of KD in my head which this almost is . I am hoping to use a reproduction pistol lanyard that is an almost exact match.

 

Going to make up a tunic for these...

 

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