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  1. Nice, thank you. Please have a look at Good Conduct Badge qualifying periods: in fact 2 ½ yrs, 5, 10, 15 etc etc from 1961. There was also a 4-bar issued. Also, your No 2 Foot Guards CQMS is in fact an RQMS, Ft Gds corporal is a lance-corporal, and you are missing the small Royal Arms for a WO I not being an RSM [eg Superintending Clerk
  2. Most certainly some badges worn by qualified officers: SAS, para operational, para qualified, commando qualified, bomb disposal, pilot, glider pilot, In the Great War we can add trench mortar, bombing officer, scout officer also The above list is off the top of my head and is not complete.
  3. and the same goes for eating all the pies, by the look of it.
  4. The more I look, the stranger it looks! The tunics [i suppose they are the 7 button tunic, not a trimmed 7 button frock?] are difficult to date, no facings visible. I still think the cords mean Drummer' but you may well be right about a non-regimental role on the day. I dare not argue with you about NF !
  5. Ahem! Ahem! Whatwhatwhat! Why ROYAL? And please, there are/were no trumpeters in the infantry ....... I accept that they are puffing a form of trumpet, but they are either Drummers [which I suspect is the case, see the green [non-Royal] dress cords], or Bandsmen.
  6. Book arrived, lots of nice photos. but he just says that the serge jacket was cut to the 1897 KD pattern ........... I am far from convinced.
  7. Whoever it was didn't give a monkeys about appearance, so he was never an RSM or an Adjt! I tried writing this man's life story from the ribbons ...... joined/went to Front TF after 31 Dec 1915, DCM in ranks, MiD, commissioned perhaps [which war?], MC and bar, [but could be as a WO], various TF awards, civil awards, GSM somewhere, served WWII all over the place Africa, Italy, Europe, you name it ..... Dread thought, they might not be kosher.
  8. Graham, thank you for those two contributions: I have ordered Haythornthwaites "Boer War Brit Uniforms" [not correct title] to see if the SA issue is described and illustrated and a bit of background given.
  9. The Siege of Mafeking was the most famous British action in the Second Boer War. It took place at the town of Mafeking (now Mafikeng) in South Africa over a period of 217 days, from October 1899 to May 1900, and turned Robert Baden-Powell, who went on to found the Scouting Movement, into a national hero. The Relief of Mafeking (the lifting of the siege) was a decisive victory for the British and a crushing defeat for the Boers.[1]
  10. OK! The badge was invented in c.1904 which is 20th Century not 19th. 'Scouting', both for the army and for boys, became all the rage in the ten years that followed the end of the SA [boer] War, ie 1902 onwards. I do not have a firm date for the India Pattern badge, but the British Fleur-de-Lys large size was sealed and introduced 1905, the small size 1907, whereas the India version appears for the first time in Indian Clothing Regs 1909 although photo evidence says a few years earlier.
  11. No, not at all, it would ruin the fun of detective work. I like to make old photos talk to me!
  12. Two things to note: the wound badge was for each OCCASION wounded, not each wound, and gassing counted, as did enemy barbed wire. There is no truth in the oft-heard cobblers that the double Russia braid badge was for officers: it was the only official issue, widely flouted by using the private-purchase tailors gilding metal versions. Naturally, the latter have survived rather better.
  13. I arrive at this thread rather late. The illustrations are excellent, and the extracts from Regulations illuminating, but do please be careful to read Graham's captions: a fair number are quotes from TF, VF, Militia or SR regulations and therefore not applicable to regular forces. There is, however, a fair bit of sentimental codswallop written, spoken, and thought about boys in the army. 'The past is a different country' we are told. Indeed, as recently as when Frank Richards DCM MM 2ndRWF left school, it was at age 12 years to go straight to work. My grandfather who fought in the Great War left school at 14. The army recruited boys at 14, with a view to training drummers, pipers, trumpeters, buglers and tailors. Many such went on to high rank, and quickly. Mobilization Regs 1914 specifically permitted COs to take drummers etc under age on Active Service. 'Drummer' was not an appointment for any ordinary soldier, and it carried extra responsibility and pay. Regarding Isandhlwana, I once did an analysis of the ages of those listed as drummers among the dead. I had been hoping to find evidence of lots of boys on the list, but was surprised at the maturity where there was evidence of age. Unfortunately, my Zulu War material is in the attic, but I could dig out the evidence if anyone is interested. Don't believe all you read about the aftermath of Isandhlwana either: I studied at the feet of FWD Jackson, the great expert on the primary sources, and he was dismissive of most of the lurid nonsense, especially the D Morris stuff. But, as I said, great illustrations.
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