Your assistance and advice would be greatly appreciated with this photograph of my Great Grandfather. It is dated on the reverse ‘1918’. I know he served in the Army in the First World War but not the Regiment he was with. I have tried the National Archive but without result. He joined the Territorial Army in 1939 and served until late 1945.
I have done an awful lot of googling over the last few days without getting anything specific on what i’m after.
My questions are in relation to the uniform he is wearing. The tunic seems to be standard 1902 design. However he is wearing a lanyard. Would this denote anything specific such as mounted trade or as I suspect could any Regiment wear one if it was in their dress regs. There are no shoulder titles or collet dogs, is that significant? That takes me onto his trousers. Having enlarged the picture and viewed it through a magnifying glass I can clearly see just below his left knee on the outer side a couple of lace holes and laces. These don’t seem to be standard trousers, breeches, unfortunately the photograph doesn’t extend to his lower leg to show if he is wearing putters or boots. Does anyone have any information on the trousers.
Lastly in reference to the badges on the lower left sleeve. They are from the bottom up crossed rifles which are I believe a skill at arms award, a five pointed star which I believe denotes best shot in company/Squadron. And finally what appears to be a small flaming grenade. I can find reference to a similar badge being worn on the upper sleeves in various colours but not on the lower sleeve. The first 2 badges look like cloth the grenade may be metal but it’s not certain. His local infantry regiment would have been The Cambridg Regiment who were Territorial Force. The uniform doesn’t appear to be for them. He was born 1889 so was just short of 20 if the picture was taken in 1918.
A lot of questions so any advice would be appreciated whilst other research continues.