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Mystery pre WW1 uniform of man who served in WW1

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post-2282-1177252529.jpgAnybody any ideas of this uniform pre-WW1? Thanks Mark Potts

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Graham Stewart

The dark uniform Austrian knot on the cuff, whistle, chain, lion head boss and bandsmans wings indicate a member of a pre-1908 Volunteer Band and the fact he appears to be wearing four inverted chevrons, with badge above, a sword and possibly silver lace on the collar and cuff would make him a bugle or drum major. The badge above the four inverted chevrons is difficult to identify precisely, but it would be either crossed bugles or drum for that rank

He's wearing collar badges which are easy to identify either, but they do have a look like a dragon and so could be Monthmouthshire Regiment. A close up of the collars would be welcome in an effort to try and identify the unit.

Graham.

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danlowlander

I think it might be the yeomanry or the honurable artillery company

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liverpool annie

Hi Mark !

You might like to browse through this site ..... I love it for the music !! :)

http://www.soldiersofthequeen.com/index.html

They played this when my Granddad left the barracks on the way to the Boer War ..... and so I'm not off topic .... he also was in WW1 !!

Annie

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susanhemmings

what a superb site.

thanks for link

susan

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FROGSMILE
On 22/04/2007 at 15:39, potty5 said:

Anybody any ideas of this uniform pre-WW1? Thanks Mark Potts


As Graham says, he’s part of a volunteer battalions music ensemble (band and bugles).  With rifle volunteer lineage he’s a Bugle Major.  The collar badges are Chinese dragons of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (hence dark blue facings).  As was common when the field service cap that he wears was first issued, the insignia worn with it is also a collar badge.  We know from that fact that the photo dates from around 1897 at the latest. 

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