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Identifying an old soldier....

RP578

LE
Book Reviewer
The badge actually looks very much like the Army Service Corps one.
 
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Dwarf

LE
Weren't there Guards mounted & camel corps in Sudan?

Might they also have done so in Boer War?

Just saying. Well, asking really.
 

Argus

Crow
The cap badge could very easily be that of the Coldstream Guards and due to the common practice of removing the metal prop usually found in the hat behind the cap badge the cap squashes easier and therefore the badge has swiveled slightly so 12 o'clock is at 1 o'clock making it more difficult to identify. The white lanyard was commonly worn by any ww1 soldier and the British brown leather 1903 Pattern bandolier equipment was replaced by the 1908 web equipment, although the 1903 bandolier system continued in service for many years with second-line troops and saw wide spread use at Gallipoli and Mesopotamia during the First World War. Some of the more useful 1903 items like the bandolier and waterbottle carrier were still to be found in widespread use with both cavalry and infantry.
That's my best guess anyway
 
Is that a studio backdrop in the background? If this is the output of a photographers studio might said snapper have a supply of "Bling, Mother, for the the impressing of"?
 
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JWBenett

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WW1 photography is a subject and industry all on its own . Amazing how many thousands of photos were dumped, and many are turning up. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tographs-WWI-heroes-action-RUBBISH-DUMPS.html

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Local High Street Studios

Although the large commercial companies churned out tens of thousands of R.P.P.C.'s during the conflict, it was mainly local high street studios and roving photographers who were responsible for the majority of 'personalised' W.W.1 real photographic cards that we see today. The images were printed directly from a negative onto photographic card with a 'postcard' back. Each image was printed by hand and usually in small numbers. For example, a portrait study of one man in uniform would merit perhaps half a dozen copies at most, which he would send to friends and relatives. Nevertheless, an image depicting a small group of men - perhaps from the same billet or unit - would obviously put a little more money into a photographers’ pocket. Source http://www.worldwar1postcards.com/real-photographic-ww1-postcards.php An excellent resource by the way, and for several reasons ^

Ernest Brooks was the first official photographer. http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=75208532 The OP's man looks genuine, with his extra 50 rounds and cap. Only family or those holding his records would know the gen, probably. I'd love to know where he was snapped.
 
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JWBenett

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'The Bloody 11th' and Bois des Buttes, poignant story. The badge depicts Exeter Castle. http://www.keepmilitarymuseum.org/bois_des_buttes.php Bandoliers would point to Devon Yeomanry or RNDY Yeomanry http://www.armymuseums.org.uk/museums/0000000093-royal-devon-yeomanry-museum-collection.htm

http://www.devonheritage.org/Nonplace/DevonReg/The_DevonshireRegiment.htm

Still reckon Coldstreams, 2/3 Bn mounted wild guess, and white lanyard with multi-knife for horses hooves/stones pre 1920. 'Old Contemptible' maybe. http://www.firstworldwar.com/atoz/oldcontemptibles.htm
 
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Dwarf

LE
Badge simple in detail and easily skewed - sticking with Coldstream Guards.
With the cav style webbing? I'm still not happy about that for inf.
 
I wouldn't attach much importance to the bandolier, the studios of the day had them and canes readilly to hand to big up your wives sweetheart photos, sorry I've no idea about the badge.
 
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JWBenett

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The white rope usually denotes a man who was mounted or in a mounted unit. Thus your man might have been an ammo driver or mounted for some reason. Ropes got dirty very quick, I think white went out for front liners in 1915 but they got extra ammo at the front. For some reason he just doesn't look as if he was in theatre.

Bandoliers were worn by Coldstreamers with other jackets in the trenches, so the only visible clues are badge, buttons, cap, and a white lanyard also worn by RA and Marines :-\ But still links to ammo or artillery then (nags). There is a sense this bloke was pictured 1914-1915, and the cap may be just a serge trench cap. No ribbons over his breast pocket, but a bible or diary ( fitted in there nicely) or his letter for mum , were sometimes kept over the heart. You can see something sticking out of the pocket.

ETA the H.A.C. had Inf battalions btw, three I believe.
 
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RP578

LE
Book Reviewer
It's not the ASC the 2 bottom bits of the star are very distinctive not sure what it is.

I'm sticking with the ASC, although the badge is mounted somewhat skew-width. It jibes with the lanyard and cavalry belt. Ref the Guards, the absence of 'mud guards' on his upper arm would ostensibly discount that.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
Bandoliers were worn by Coldstreamers with other jackets in the trenches, so the only visible clues are badge, buttons, cap, and a white lanyard also worn by RA and Marines :-\ But still links to ammo or artillery then (nags). There is a sense this bloke was pictured 1914-1915, and the cap may be just a serge trench cap. No ribbons over his breast pocket, but a bible or diary ( fitted in there nicely) or his letter for mum , were sometimes kept over the heart. You can see something sticking out of the pocket.

The white thing that looks like a lanyard ?
 
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bokkatankie

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Chaps, on behalf of another, I'm trying to get some details on this gentleman.
Is there anything you can glean from the uniform? Anything would be appreciated as he knows very little on this relative of his
Many thanks

Edited - Christ you lot are quick.... :)


Do you have a name for him, it would help as it would be possible to find his medal card and then Regt. etc. is easy!
 

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