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Sullivan
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Help required in identifying arm patch.

The photo is circa 1920-21, is this soldier a bandsman.

Forum members assistance greatly appreciated.

Thanking you all in advance.

James.

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Hello James,

Your chap is a member of the regimental band.

Seph

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Hi Seph,

Many thanks for reply.

Are you able to describe the badge please.

Cheers,

James.

The badge is basically an instrument called a 'Liar' (hope that's the correct spelling), which is in effect a small hand held harp. It's oval in shape (like a horse shoe with a bar across the the two tips. The strings attach to this bar and stretch down to attach to the other end or bottom of the horse shoe curve.

For some reason I cannot attach a pic, but i'm sure that another member will kindly place a pic on the thread for you. It's a very common badge for regimental band members.

Hope this has helped. As they say: a picture paints a thousand words.

Seph

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Lyre.

How very dare you! Unparliamentary language there, old boy :lol:

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The badge is basically an instrument called a 'Liar' (hope that's the correct spelling), which is in effect a small hand held harp. It's oval in shape (like a horse shoe with a bar across the the two tips. The strings attach to this bar and stretch down to attach to the other end or bottom of the horse shoe curve.

For some reason I cannot attach a pic, but i'm sure that another member will kindly place a pic on the thread for you. It's a very common badge for regimental band members.

Hope this has helped. As they say: a picture paints a thousand words.

Seph

Many thanks to all for replying.

Cheers,

James.

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Did the Army still maintain he tradition of employing bandsmen as stretcher bearers when 'in the field', at this time?

Tom (the Walrus)

I don't how long the practice continued afterwards, but it was still in use during WW2.

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