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RHA Group Identification

Postby Dalcassian » Tue May 05, 2015 8:38 pm

Hi, My Grandfather David Condon was in the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich Barracks. He was born 1862 in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland. David Condon had joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1883. He served for 7 years till 1890 and then was 5 years in the Reserves.
In the attached photo David is the figure on the left. David is wearing a band on his left sleeve that seems to have the letter "M" on it. The person next to him and the fifth person also wear the same band. The person sitting on the right also has a similar band on which the letter "B" appears. The man sitting in the middle wears the band on his right sleeve, also with the letter "M". The stern looking soldier standing second from the right has a lanyard from his right pocket and 3 stripes on his left sleeve.
I would like to know if anyone can give me any more information from the photo.
Thank you in advance
Joseph
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Re: RHA Group Identification

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed May 06, 2015 6:40 am

Well, the inverted chevrons on the lower left sleeve are good conduct stripes.

I suspect that the uniforms are the lighter colour worn in hot climates.

The side hat seen here was apparently introduced in the 1890s before being replaced from about 1902 but my book on Military Photos ( Neil Storey ) says that the new cap was disliked so older caps continued for a few years.

There are medal ribbons visible but you'd do better with someone like the Victorian Wars Forum -identifying coloured medal ribbons from tiny black and white photos is a specialist art!

I wonder if the arm bands are MP for Military Police?

Beyond that, I'm struggling - I'm not sure what is there of significance.

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Re: RHA Group Identification

Postby coopernicola » Thu May 07, 2015 5:05 am

The seated chap in the centre appears to have 'P' visible on his arm band so Adrian38 is probably correct about them being Military Police.
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