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Droocoo

Hi all,

 

A few years ago I saw a large photograph leaning against the wall of an antique shop. Unsure of what it was, I bought it on the spot and after blowing off the dust it revealed a soldier in a studio portrait. 

 

I am am assuming that this is a Great War era photograph but do not profess to be an expert on uniforms or insignia. Would someone be able to identify what unit he is from?

 

i have attached a close up of his collar tabs as well just to aid identification.

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew Wilson

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ss002d6252

He's wearing spurs so must be something mounted.

No expert but the hat looks Australian to me.

Craig

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BillyH
Posted (edited)

Another non-expert here, but could it be a Frontiersman?

Might have been better to have posted this in the 'Uniforms' part of the Forum.

 

BillyH.

Edited by BillyH

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Steven Broomfield

I suspect he's an Aussie of one of the Miltia (?) units such as (but not necessarily) The Royal New South Wales Lancers, Hunter River Lancers, etc.

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Kimberley John Lindsay
Posted (edited)

Dear Andrew,

I agree with Steven Broomfield: a pre-Great War Australian Militia officer (perhaps an ADC?) - but nonetheless I must research further to be more accurate...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

Edited by Kimberley John Lindsay

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Waddell
Posted (edited)

I agree militia Light Horse and possibly early post war. Identifying the collar badge is the key. 

 

17th Prince of Wales Light Horse is a possibility as the badge does have the appearance of three feathers. You will need to research that badge.

 

Is there a studio mark on the photograph?

 

Scott

 

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Droocoo

Hi all,

 

Looking through the badges, the units that come to my attention are the:

 

17th Light Horse

18th Light Horse

1/21st Light Horse

 

Looks most likely the 1/21st Light horse due to the “three spaces” in the middle of the badge where there is no metal. Rather than feathers, the tufts look like flags don’t you agree?

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew Wilson

 

 

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Droocoo

I have done some more digging,

 

It appears that my man is not an officer as he does not wear the Sam Browne belt. As you can see, the officers below (including Lt Mayfair VC) all wear Sam Browne’s. Furthermore, the sliding collar tabs as opposed to the pinned tabs of the AIF, points to a militia unit. 

 

The pre-WW1 Light Horse units seemed to wear gaudy braiding on their 1903 pattern uniforms regardless of rank, as the trooper holding the flag below seems to indicate. 

 

What sort of sidearm would these other ranks have carried? The scabbard in the photograph seems long enough for a sword?

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

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derekb

Is it a bayonet scabbard?

Derekb

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FROGSMILE
Posted (edited)

It does look like the NSW Lancers pre-federation badge to me: https://pin.it/23wmamr62kejra

 

I agree that he carries a long SMLE bayonet in a leather scabbard as a side arm.

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Droocoo

 

 

It appears to me that the badge has a flatter bottom scroll than the NSW Lancers' Collar Badge, do you agree?

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

 

 

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