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Postby Preciousgem » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:11 pm

Hi,i am trying to locate the regiment that my great grandfather served in. Does any one recognise the badge?
His name was John William Tasker(1906-1989),serving in the 2nd world war.
Thanks
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Re: Badge identification

Postby loiseau22 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:23 pm

Hi Preciousgem, and welcome to the forum!

That badge looks to me like the Royal Corps of Signals; my father was in the same in WW2.
Not sure why your man is wearing a bandolier, but I am sure someone will be along soon who can tell you. Maybe he was a despatch rider, or something.
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Re: Badge identification

Postby Preciousgem » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:03 pm

Thanks loiseau22, this starts me off on the right track!do you think its possible that items could've just been added to give the photo more detail??do you have any photos of your father in uniform?
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Re: Badge identification

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:29 pm

Preciousgem wrote:... do you think its possible that items could've just been added to give the photo more detail?? ...

Anything is possible but less likely the bigger the item, if only because soldiers would want to show off their uniform. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Corps_of_Signals does state about the RCS that "All personnel were taught to ride" - that would suggest a bandolier in the same way that my grandpa was in the RFA in WW1, got taught to ride and wore a bandolier in his photo. Whether or not they all wore a bandolier, I have no idea but http://ww2talk.com/index.php?media/berry-brow-huddersfield-training-camp-1940.28987/ shows an RCS training camp in 1940 and those guys are all wearing bandoliers...
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Re: Badge identification

Postby loiseau22 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:55 pm

I, too, think it unlikely that unnecessary bits of equipment would be added just to jazz up the photo. Though your man does seem to have set his cap at a rakish angle!

I think the bandolier indicates that he didn't have to do marching, but was probably on a motor bike as a despatch rider, or similar.

(I tried uploading a picture of my father, so you could see he has the same cap badge etc, but it came out so big that it made this whole thread shrink and look weird, so I have ditched him. Sorry.)
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Re: Badge identification

Postby Amazinggrace » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 am

I agree about the bandolier. I have a photo of my father sitting on a motorbike wearing one.He was a driver ib the R.A.S.C.
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Re: Badge identification

Postby Preciousgem » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:43 pm

Thanks everyone, its great to fill in the missing information and to find out what he would've been doing during the war.
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Re: Badge identification

Postby jeffward » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:12 am

Hello, the uniform is of an early ww2 type and as a member of the Royal Signals he would have worn a
bandolier. The strap over his other shoulder is almost certainly that of his gas mask,service personnel were required to have them with them at all times. regards.
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