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Drake Battalion Pith Helmet.


Jockbhoy67

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Hi All, came into possession of this pith helmet recently, RND is not what i am familiar with, is there anywhere i can find a list of those who served in WW1 1st Drake Battalion. tried ancestry and national archives, but came up with nothing. helmet is WD dated 1909.  

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R. Bell, A Company, 1st Drake

Second thought - I wonder of the A Company is meant to be erased, like the previous name just barely seen above R. Bell?

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Thanks SJ

File ADM339/1/2566 Robert Bell - is a candidate, drafted to Drake Battalion MEF

File ADM339/1/2564 Robert Bell, M.M. - is also a candidate, drafted to Drake Battalion MEF - edit to add Re his MM - December 1916 “Awarded Military Medal in connection with recent operations North of the Ancre'

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5 hours ago, michaeldr said:

image.jpeg.a19a85d55a5087a1a0eaa01dec9c889f.jpeg

R. Bell, A Company, 1st Drake

Second thought - I wonder of the A Company is meant to be erased, like the previous name just barely seen above R. Bell?

I think the A Coy is part of the previously erased name...

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9 hours ago, Keith_history_buff said:

'British official photograph. Men of the 2nd Royal Naval Brigade, Royal Naval Division, practising an attack from a trench in the Island of Imbros, June 1915.'

© IWM Q 109201

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205351933

 

Cheers mate, 

6 hours ago, michaeldr said:

Just for the record, 1st Drake were in the 1st RN Brigade

Thanks  again..

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My reason for posting the link is that it is a great photo of RND ratings wearing pith helmets whilst training. No confusion with regard to the different battalions was meant.

Interestingly, among the IWM photos is a picture of RND ratings wearing khaki sailor caps just prior to a medal ceremony. 

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17 hours ago, Keith_history_buff said:

My reason for posting the link is that it is a great photo of RND ratings wearing pith helmets whilst training. No confusion with regard to the different battalions was meant.

Interestingly, among the IWM photos is a picture of RND ratings wearing khaki sailor caps just prior to a medal ceremony. 

Thanks anyway, i hadn't seen that image.

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3 hours ago, Felix C said:

Is the example shown a Wolseley pattern pith helmet?

Yes the photo posted shows it's a wolseley.

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