Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Jock the scot, Jun 12, 2013.
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A family photo from 1952.
Loved it when in the day a tie was worn with battledress and later with the green combats great photo by the way.
Wessex Training Brigade flash under their shoulder titles.
Inspecting officer looks like a bag of shit!
Well, he does look about 96. Probably got the first row of medals from WW1.
Great photo. Battle dress looked a bag of shite though.
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Isn't it interesting to reflect that the Reviewing Officer was probably a Subaltern at The Somme (or similar) location, yet he's reviewing troops in the Nuclear era who could have possibly served in the 1980s and even, as senior officers, taken part in the Falkalnds War, for example.
Well the geriatric senior officer appears to have Para wings on, so Old Baldy less of the bag of shite!
These any use to the OP?
The Collection - The Wardrobe Rifles Berkshire Wiltshire Museum Salisbury
Doesn't look like wings to me. Definitely a badge of some description though.
When I first joined my battalion, in '67 the QM was WW2 SAS, quite a rack compared to the others who only had GSM, Malaya/Borneo if any. Fast forward a number of years my then boss was a crusty major who had an MC from Korea. When fully booted and spurred they both stood out.
Now as things wind down the youngsters joining today will see their seniors with a fair rack & unless something else happens they will have a Charles Coronation and that will be it.
Col of the Regt was General Sir William Platt:
British Army Officers 1939-1945 -- P
I'm not good enough at medals to tell if that's him inspecting.
The reviewing Officer may well have been nails.
A few Battalions were disgraced and disbanded by Monty shortly after the Normandy landings. (The basic premise appears to be for not fighting hard enough.) A couple of CO's were dismissed.
The 4th & 5th Bn's The Wiltshire Regiment can hold their collective heads high. They landed, they fought (and died) alongside alongside The 4th Bn Somerset LI, 7th Bn Hampshire and 4th & 5th Bn's Dorsetshire with distinction.
A bit of scruffy? Pah.
Edited to add: The disbanded Battalions I mentioned above were NOT The Wiltshires.
My thoughts entirely....Honourary Colonel dragged out of the pub again!
Yes, Col of Regt from 42 to 54.
Lead a very full life:
William Platt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marcel Boschi's Mather & Platt - The company
Looks better without a Sam Browne
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