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Here's one for our Fiji expert. A group of soldiers taken at Southampton c.1915. They are mainly Canadian, expect one who is KRRC and wearing a 'FIJI' title on his left breast pocket... any ideas who he could be?

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Here's a close up of the man concerned; best I can do on the scanner I have access to at the moment.

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christine liava'a

Do you reckon this is him?

The one at the back left with white hatband

If so, Norman Faddy, 2nd contingent

MC and bar

postwar commandant of Fiji Defence Force

These are the 3 Faddy brothers in WW1

Norman & Frank -on right - 2nd Fiji Contingent

and Herbert - front- AIF

This photo is taken probably in 1917, as Herbert didn't enlist till november 1916.

So the other 2 will be 2 years older than the earlier photo

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christine liava'a

2nd contingent.

left Fiji July 1915

enlisted in KRRC 19 August 1915 at Stratford, Essex

Norman Faddy 5th row up 4th in from left, just below and left of flag bearer

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christine liava'a

Fiji 1st Contingent.

These 2 contingents were the only ones in britain in 1915

I have all the names, so if you think it's someone else, give me the reference

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christine liava'a

Who's the one in the middle, bottom row, of your photo?

He looks very like my officer, seen in both contingents

-CA Swinburne

and in this photo of the first contingent receiving their first pay on arrival in England.

-the tall one in centre

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christine liava'a

and, to complete the family, here is Gertrude Faddy, sister of the 3 men.

Royal Red Cross

VAD nurse

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Many thanks for that - the man in your photo looks a bit too 'stocky' to be the chap in my group photo, and the ears look different (ears are a good clue to ID-ing somone in a photo!).

I can't see the faces clearly enough in the groups to match him up, but seeing as how few there were, he must be one of them!

Sadly nothing on the back of the photo I have - all the others are Canadians, so suspect they perhaps don't have a Fiji connection?

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christine liava'a

Perhaps this one

Hugh George Waring

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That looks a lot more like him - what do you know about this man? I couldn't download the file in your attachment, above. Thanks again for your help.

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christine liava'a

Rifleman Hugh George Waring 2nd Fiji Contingent, Fiji Defence Force

European (Fiji),

civil servant

born Fiji , 1895

s/of Henry Thomas & Wilhemina Florence Waring,

Levuka , Fiji

residence Ovalau, Fiji

enlisted Stratford, Essex 19 August 1915

R/15255 1st KRRC

in Sheerness Camp 2 January 1916

died of wounds 9 May 1916, aged 20

Bruay Communal Cemetery Ext., Pas de Calais, France.

I have contacted a relative, who gave me these 2 photos, to see what he thinks

another photo of HG Waring

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christine liava'a

There is actually a Canadian connection with Fiji.

As well as the KRRC fighting at Frezenberg with the Princess Pats in may 1915, there were a few Fiji inhabitants who joined up in Canada

CANADA

1)Horace William Bavin

29th Batt

76483 Canadian Expeditionary Force

Names: BAVIN , HORACE WILLIAM

Regimental number: 76483

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 515 - 51

National Archives of Canada

2)Albert Bish

brother of J E Bish, POW

left for USA to be munitions worker June 1918

enlisted in Canadian Flying Corp

returned to Fiji March 1919

received disbursement from Fiji Day Fund

3)Frank Bish

brother of J E Bish POW

left for USA to be munitions worker June 1918

enlisted in Canadian Flying Corps

returned to Fiji March 1919

received disbursement from Fiji Day Fund

4)E Budd

from Dreketi,

left for Canada

5)Tom Chapman

6)Felix Emberson

fireman

left Fiji for Vancouver July 1918 per Niagara

enlisted in Canada Flying Corps

returned to Fiji March 1919

received disbursement from Fiji Day Fund

7)Harold William March

Names: MARCH , HAROLD WILLIAM

Regimental number: 628069

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5912 - 15

born April 30, 1888 Suva, Fiji Islands

s/of E J March

civil servant Suva Volunteer Force Fiji

6th DCOR

enlisted 28 June 1915

8)Ernest Percy Owen

AKA William Ernest Owen

Names: OWEN , ERNEST PERCY OWEN , WILLIAM ERNEST (SEE)

Regimental number: 140166

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7518 - 37

National Archives of Canada

9)Lieutenant R B Powell

probably

Lt . Robert Branks Powell

Names: POWELL , ROBERT BRANKS

Rank: LT

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7942 - 46

National Archives of Canada

16th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.)

KIA 28 April 1917.

Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St –Eloi, France

10)Rivers

manager of Tuba Mill

South Pacific Lumber Coy

to enlist in Canada

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perhaps one of these is in the photo, any of 1, 7, 8, 9. depending on dates, and thus they knew eachother

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Christine, would Fijian travellers to Canada first land in the port of Vancouver? Probably . . .

Horace Bavin enlisted in 29th (Vancouver) Battalion; Harold March had militia service with Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles (Vancouver-based) and enlisted with 47th Battalion (New Westminster, about 10 miles from Vancouver); Robert Powell enlisted with 48th Battalion (Victoria, about 40 miles from Vancouver) and was posted to 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), who recruited partly in Vancouver.

So maybe 1, 7, and 9 are in the picture. I don't know if Paul can make out any of these battalion badges in his photo.

Peter (Pacific Rim)

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christine liava'a

Thanks for that info, Peter. I have added it to the entries

Now waiting on Paul :D

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I'll have a closer look at the original and come back to you, but from memory they were all men in the 1st or 2nd Canadian Division.

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christine liava'a

The relative of Hugh George Waring reckons your photo is not him. I give up.

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No worries - it was a just a long shot. I knew I had a photo of a Fiji volunteer somewhere, and having been recently sorting out my archives finally came across it - thus the original post.

Many, many thanks for trying, though.

I'll have a look at the CEF badges, however, and post again.

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