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  1. Glad to have been of help in your future research projects. I believe that there are more sophisticated search engines which are optimised for what are called a 'Reverse Image Search' (Google that phrase and you will find many of them) but Google Images is always a good start. btw https://images.google.com/ is a better link than the one I gave in my previous post.
  2. I don't know how Graham did it, ArHo, but if you upload your image to Google image search (https://www.google.com/imghp then click the camera icon and, after that, the Upload an Image tab) you will see your man about the fourth result down. (I used the URL of your image.)
  3. I was intrigued by the use of the English name 'Spencer' for a seemingly German item of uniform. As ever, the Oxford English Dictionary is helpful, The Wikipedia article on the second Earl alleges that the garment came about when the tails on the Earl's (perhaps double-breasted?) coat got burnt and he had them cut off. Other Internet sources suggest that the new short coat was adopted by the Napoleonic French army. However, do we know that the term 'Spencer' is actually correct for the tunic worn by the Bavarian Chevauleger. Might someone be able to provide an extract of Bavarian dress regulations?
  4. Peter I don't think that this was a Regimental school (for the training of boy soldiers) but, rather, a school for children of the Regiment. Thus it was not set up to educated boy soldiers but to conform with the requirements of the various Education acts as they pertained to the children of Married Quarters (in its broadest sense) were concerned. From 1899, all children were meant to be in school from the ages of five to 12, as per this link https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/livinglearning/school/overview/1870educationact/ Interestingly, after the 1902 Education Act, the education of children became the responsibility of "local education authorities under the control of the county and county borough councils" (see link below), which suggests to me that this photo was taken before that date (the physical training instructor in the photo would have been a civilian, post 1902, I would have thought). https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/livinglearning/school/overview/reform1902-14/
  5. Joy As I expect you know, Eastney Barracks was the home of the Royal Marine Artillery from 1867 until their amalgamation with the Royal Marine Light Infantry (to form the Royal Marine Corps) in 1927 https://www.geograph.org.uk/snippet/13158 I imagine that this was a girls' school established - and situated in the barracks, perhaps - to educate the daughters of the men living in married quarters.
  6. You might like to compare it with the photos below, which come from the Musée de l’Armée Invalides web site. More details of this exhibit can be found here, https://basedescollections.musee-armee.fr/ark:/66008/14937
  7. Owain You may have seen this already but Google threw up this variant, which had been on sale at eBay. Unfortunately, the listing is no longer available. However, the following was discernible from the search results: "UNUSUAL FRENCH/BRITISH FULL SIZE MEDAL (WEST HAM SS A LONDON) Here we have a full size medal that we know nothing about. Found in France it is made in the French style." I'm not sure that that is particularly helpful but it is another data point.
  8. More here from Burke's A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland (1906) I suspect that he volunteered to serve with Garibaldi, as suggested by the reference you found, ilja559. In any event, the 1911 UK census shows that his son John was born in Sorrento in 1866.
  9. It probably is. There seems to be some variation in what he called himself: sometimes James, sometimes Jonas - and then not always as his first name. More here, http://www.thepeerage.com/p38093.htm#i380923
  10. What a fascinating page! Thanks for posting the link, Paolo.
  11. ... and it's stories like this which, for me, make GMIC a 'must read'! Thanks Lars.
  12. And here is a photo of the Knight 2nd Class from our favourite Internet-based purveyor of medals in the Great White North. It's expensive! (The First Class has a crown above the badge.) ETA: Someone else who got a Second Class in April 1891 was another Bavarian, Wilhelm Frieherr von Leonrod (his award letter was sold - not to me - on 14 March of this year, lot 1046, by Hermann Historica).
  13. My guess is that this was worn by a member of a Marching Band in Sicily, of the type that is seen in Easter parades in Palermo and elsewhere. Many of them wear quasi military uniforms. Google >palermo "Corpo Bandistico"< and you will see many photographs of such bands.
  14. Thank you for this, Bayern. Your suggestion makes good sense. What a shame that Prince Lajos wasn't more specific - there is a time and a place for princely discretion but this was not it, perhaps
  15. Very interesting, Bayern. Could you give a very short explanation as to why this was the case, please?
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