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Julia Rees
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Welcome to the forum Julia,

You have not attached an image. I would also recommend changing the title of your post from your name to something like identify uniform please in order to attract more replies. 

 

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The Austrian knot on the cuffs of his late pattern scarlet frock with its distinctive chest pockets, along with the distinctive snake clasp on his waist-belt, suggest that he is a member of an infantry Volunteer Battalion, who were auxiliary, part-time citizen soldier members of regular regiments.  The frock shown was being phased in from 1898 and very short-lived as drab khaki uniform was already being experimented with and by the end of the 2nd Anglo/Boer War in 1902 had become universal.  The uniform depicted is therefore relatively rare.  The headdress is a field service cap, which entered service as undress headwear in 1894.  Unfortunately the cap badge cannot be seen, and collar badges are not worn but it is just possible to see what appears a 3-row woven thread shoulder title, which would comprise a V, a numeral (showing his battalion) and a unit title.  If his home town is known it will offer a clue.

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On 24/07/2019 at 12:10, Michelle Young said:

Welcome to the forum Julia,

You have not attached an image. I would also recommend changing the title of your post from your name to something like identify uniform please in order to attract more replies. 

 

Michelle  

 

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Thank you for your swift reply. I found the photo in a family collection and think it could possibly be my Grandfather who according to my research was firstly in the Gloucester Regiment and then the Leicester Regiment and finally one of the Scottish regiments (The Cameroonians). Most of the family were from Bristol.

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20 hours ago, Julia Rees said:

Thank you for your swift reply. I found the photo in a family collection and think it could possibly be my Grandfather who according to my research was firstly in the Gloucester Regiment and then the Leicester Regiment and finally one of the Scottish regiments (The Cameroonians). Most of the family were from Bristol.

 

From the information that you have given, and the probable period, his uniform in the photo is most likely to be that of a volunteer battalion (VB) of the Gloucestershire Regiment.  In the Leicestershire Regiment he would probably have been in a later pattern of uniform, and as a Scottish (and Rifles) regiment the Cameronians uniform had distinctive National features as well as black buttons.

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