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  1. Stuart Bates

    I Hate Moving!

    Gad Brian you have done it again! My collection has neither waxed nor waned but rather remained static. Stuart
  2. Stuart Bates

    Avatar Names; Why?

    I always assumed that an avatar was simply the image/graphic that best illustrated one's proclivities, (oops, perhaps some synonyms are in order - penchant, preference, taste, interest, hobby - I had better leave it there). I have always used my name as a user-name as it seems "cheating" not to do so. As Brian says " I never use an avatar name whether here or commenting on the Internet because if I am willing to put something down in writing I am will to stand by what I say. " One man's fish is another's poisson. Stuart
  3. Stuart Bates

    Hoarder to Historian

    Comedy, wit, irreverence and intelligence. Brian you have it in spades. Stuart
  4. Stuart Bates

    Responding to Paul C's Post

    Why does it seem that “everyone” thinks 2017 was such a bad year? The way the world is going 2018 could well be worse.
  5. Stuart Bates

    This Blog Could Save Your Life

    Brian, I shall eat some iron today! The truck has turned out to be a triumph but what happened to -
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    Brian, I am still waiting for the autobiography. Stuart
  7. The three fold puggaree indicates 1941. The Puggaree being a different colour is a little "suss" but being colour-blind I can't comment further. The foil interior lining was patented in 1933 and the Vero's liner in 1925. The latter was by far the most used system for headbands. The flash was of 3" x 2" blue with embroidered Sphinx and a blue over red stripe as the top folds of the puggaree as defined by the 1929 clothing regulations. However, it is doubtful that such was the case at this later stage of WWII. The puggaree badge is interesting as it seems to have the word "EGYPT" almost completely erased. Perhaps this is because the helmet was to a territorial or some such battalion rather than a regular one. Stuart
  8. Stuart Bates

    Learning From History - A Rant

    When can expect the book? Regards, Stuart
  9. I am colourblind but looking at my 21st Hussars Busby I would say light blue/grey, Stuart
  10. Hi Stuart,

    I was just conducting some research re the early head dress of RAMC and their forebears and came across your officers' pill box cap with peak, the first one that I have been able to study close up. I am ex-RAMC and it is one area of militaria that I am very interested in, and I wondered (a) if you still have it, and (b) if would you consider selling it? If not then I apologise for the unprompted request.


    John Watson 

  11. Andy, Scots Guards Wolseley rear shot. Stuart
  12. Andy, I didn't get a notification of your post so sorry for the delay. The badge is lugged. I shall photograph the rear shortly. Stuart
  13. Stuart Bates

    Artillery Spike

    I just looked into Captain R.J. MacDonald's book The History of the Dress of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and he simply states that the change to cup-and-ball occurred on 1st August 1881. Pity he did not give any reason. Stuart
  14. Stuart Bates

    Artillery Spike

    I have always held that the design of the Home Service Helmet was derived from the felt/cork/wicker Foreign Service Helmet first used in India. However, here is an extract from Hansard 1878 kindly supplied by Chris from another forum - "LORD TRURO regretted that the noble Viscount had not gone further into the subject. There were, he understood, serious objections to the new helmet. One corps to which it had been furnished complained that a man who wore it could not raise his rifle to his shoulder without knocking off his helmet. Then, if spikes were worn on the artillerymen's helmets, the men would blind one another with these spikes when stooping to work the guns. But this objection would be easily met by substituting a ball for the spike." Whether this debate led to the actual change for Artillery I don't know but it is, at least, a good indicator. Stuart