Your family: capbadge tarts or pillars of the regiment?

#1
My boy can draw on a mongrel military lineage that runs down the generations from the Royal Anglians - Royal Marines - RASC - Royal Artillery - East Lancs. In other words, our lot just signed up at the nearest recruiting office.

Who can go back furthest in the same regiment (amalgamations accepted)?
 

AlienFTM

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#3
When I was in 15/19H, we had an officer whose forebear had fought at Emsdorf. Of course I have no idea whether the lineage went unbroken from one to the other.
 
#4
In my immediate (2 genreations) family alone we have almost 60 years service in our Regiment between 3 of us. And no, my mother has never worn Army boots, but my sister has. Dad joined as a BoyBandsman,and as soon as he was old enough, joined the Sabre Sqns .served in every NCo rank, took commision, is now CO of the Regt at Lt.Col. So he's a pillar. My Mom's uncle served in the regiments precursor in WW1
 
#5
The Tankie's dad said he set out the day he enlisted with the intent to join the Merchant Marines.

How he ended up in the Black Watch is somewhat unclear to all of us, including his dad.

We anticipate having a nephew join the Tankie's regt shortly, which would make it a glorious lineage of...two. :D
 

Sixty

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#6
Great grandfather - A & SH, Granddad - Para, Father - RCT, self -RLC.

Clearly we got less teeth arm as our family history progressed.
 
#8
from bits and pieces gained from drunk grandfathers i have had relations in a few of the north west infantry regiments IE Kings Liverpool the Manchester's and Cheshires no tradition to speak of except drunken misconduct
 
#9
My great-grandfather has the rather unusual distinction of being not just a capbadge, but also a Service tart just in himself.

He served in the Royal Navy, leaving shortly before WW1. When war broke out, he signed up with the Royal Engineers. From there, he moved sideways to the Royal Flying Corps, and was still hanging in there when the RFC became the RAF - thus giving him service in all three branches of the armed services.

There was then a break of some two generations before I joined the Sappers.

sm.
 
#10
I knew a chap who was a 5th generation Grenadier which is the longest I've ever heard of; but then most Grenadiers wouldn't have the imagination to notice the rest of the Army around them.
 
#11
Great Grandfather 26 years RA.

Grandfather 34years Grenadier Guards.

Different sides of the family, one served in the Wiltshire Regiment, the other in the Royal Berkshire's which both almalgamated to form the Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment which 3 of us served with.

My brother was ACC/RLC and spent quite a while posted at 17 P&M, my Dad was RAOC, Im now RLC TA and alledgedly attached to 17 P&M but spend as much time at Marchwood as Bin Laden does at Buck house.

Two cousins were both ammo tech/bomb docs with the RAOC/RLC, another cousin was a RAF pilot and a Uncle was a Pay Corp Major.

RLC and its predecessors seem to be our family theme!
 

Ventress

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#12
No lineage, but Grandfather WW1- Royal West Kents- Mesopotamia
Grandfather: AOC Egypt 1920's
Great Uncle: RN HMS Glory Died 1914

Father- WW2- RAF Regiment- Burma/ India

Uncles x 3: 1PARA and 2x REME

My history is dull and well documented.

Daughter currenly in the RN as is others of the family. So not short of 4 generations in the Military family.
 
#13
Grandad - 43 Cdo RM
Dad - M+AW Cadre RM
Uncle 1 - 2 Para
Uncle 2 - RE
Brother - HCR then Para
Sister - 6 weeks depot, RLC, wrapped because she "didnt like being shouted at!!" :D

Up until a few years ago we were all usually round the same table at Christmas ! Very hectic !
 
#14
reni_77 said:
Grandad - 43 Cdo RM
Dad - M+AW Cadre RM
Uncle 1 - 2 Para
Uncle 2 - RE
Brother - HCR then Para
Sister - 6 weeks depot, RLC, wrapped because she "didnt like being shouted at!!" :D

Up until a few years ago we were all usually round the same table at Christmas ! Very hectic !
Welcome back , Mr. Golden
 
#15
Grandfather (1) = Regiment not known WW1 went into Jerusalem with Allenby
Grandfather (2) = Home Guard WW2 (too young for WW1 reserved occupation WW2)
Great Uncles (x2) = KIA North Africa regiments not known

Father = Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy
Uncle = Royal Marines
Step Father = Royal Navy
Step Uncles (x3) = Royal Navy

Brother (1) = 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
Brother (2) = Royal Navy
Me = The Royal Hampshire Regiment & Corps of Royal Military Police
Ex-wife = Woman's Royal Naval Service
 
#16
Father: Navy and Army WWII then Merchant Navy.

Uncle: Navy, surviour of the crew of the Prince of Wales when it was sunk.

Me: Decided to join up so walked down to the Navy careers office bottled out and walked past and came to the Army office and joined the Engineers.


Regards
 
#17
Me , Royal Signals
Dad, Buffs (Royal East Kents) then RAMC (v)
Grandad 1 , Buffs (v) then on outbreak of WW2 placed in the Royal Engineers due to his civ div skills.
Grandad 2, RAF
Great Grandad , Somewhat of a mystery. He enlisted on the outbreak of WW1 at Hounslow Middx but somehow ended up in the Northumberland Fusilers ??? Our family has NO conections whatsoever with the NorthEast. All his paperwork which we have copies of only state the Northumberland Fusilers but we have a very old grainy photo of him wearing another capbadge. I reckon its the Essex Regt as it looks too rounded to be the Middx Regt badge. Bit of a strange one as he definatley served in the N Fusilers & theres no mention anywhere of this mystery capbadge. And before anyone asks.... Yes it is him in the photo :)

LT
 
#18
Grandfather - RAF
Great Grandfather - World War 1. We don't know which Regiment he served in, but it was definetely Infantry and he lived in the Hartlepool area.*
Great Uncle - Royal Artillery
Great Uncle - Grenadier Guards
Great Uncle - Royal Navy
Great Uncle - Served in North Africa. Don't know which Regiment/Corps because he moved away from the UK at the end of the war.
Me - Finishing A Levels then applying. Only 1 year and 3 months to go!

*If anyone knows which Infantry regiment someone from Hartlepool would go to circa 1914, I would greatly appreciate it.
 
#19
*If anyone knows which Infantry regiment someone from Hartlepool would go to circa 1914, I would greatly appreciate it.[/quote]


Probally the Middlesex Regt if he had the same recruting Sargent as my G Grandad :roll:

LT
 
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