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WW1 or WW2 Picture

Postby SeanKEFC » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:40 pm


I'm currently looking into my family tree and was recently given a picture. My Mum doesn't know whether this is her Father in WW2 in the picture with his corp or whether it's her Grandfather in WW1 with his corp.

If it makes it any easier, her Father was in the Royal Engineer's in WW2 and her Grandfather was in the Border Regiment in WW1.

Thanks for taking your time to look at this picture.


Edit: I understand the forum mustn't allowed pictures being over a certain pixels, but I'll leave the full image here -
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Re: WW1 or WW2 Picture

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:43 pm

Puttees (wound round the leg above the boot) and peak caps say WW1 or post 1918 era to me.


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Re: WW1 or WW2 Picture

Postby nuttybongo » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:15 pm

Could be royal engineers ww1 :D
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Re: WW1 or WW2 Picture

Postby flakdodger » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:08 pm

What would sort this out would be a scan of an individual member of the group showing cap badge and collar dogs.
From this distance Border Regiment and Royal Engineers insignia look similar.
The WW1 style uniform lingered for many years and was superseded by the 1937 pattern uniform that we are more familiar as being WW2.
A few of the group are displaying medals which inclines me to think that this is a group from the 1930s.
Hope this helps,
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Re: WW1 or WW2 Picture

Postby g w aldous » Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:22 am

Pre 1918 WW1 Border Regt, reason I say this is any later and the other ranks would have been wearing their medals, as it is only an Officer and a couple of senior NCO's have medals possibly pre WW1. The service dress changed in 1920 although it is nearly impossible to tell them apart in photos like this, then in 1938 the army Battledress came out as a Blouson and trousers worn with Anklets and a new style webbing. Also none of them are wearing a lanyard which was worn by Engineers & Artillery.
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