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WW1 uniform identification

Postby Xavifcb » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:18 pm

My grandpa served in WW1 but he never spoke about it. All dad really knew was he was in the cavalry or field artillery, the photo says on the back 1919 occupation of the Rhineland and dad said he had 3 medals.
I have tried to identify the lapel badge but it isn't very clear.
Thomas Webster 1891-1976 Burton Salmon Yorkshire.
Any information greatly appreciated.
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby Jethro Tull » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:27 pm

Hi, it is fairly hard to tell but from this pic it could be The Bedfordshire Yeomanry. The leather bandolier indicates possibly some form of mounted service.
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby Xavifcb » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:39 pm

Thanks
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby midshipman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:25 pm

Is he Thomas Webster Private 3956 Royal Scots, later Private 49926 Labour Corps?

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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby jeffward » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:40 pm

While the badge is indistinct the outline strongly resembles that of the 2nd Dragoons( Royal Scots Greys) and there is not another badge that looks like it. It supports Midshipman's identification. Jeff Ward.
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby Xavifcb » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:39 pm

Hi I don't know if he is the private you mention as I have looked at some web sites but they seem a bit vague. They give lots of Thomas Websters but you have to pay and it might not be the right one and I could be going around in circles.
I thought I might gain more info by trying to identify the uniform?
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby Xavifcb » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:18 pm

A little clearer
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby Xavifcb » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:20 pm

Don't know if this is any better
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby jeffward » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:30 pm

It was very unusual for private soldiers to wear collar dogs during WW1 The practice did not resume until after the war. The Royal Scots Greys returned from the Rhineland March 1919 so if your grandfather did not leave the army until sometime after the war his records will still be held by the MoD. Jeff Ward.
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Re: WW1 uniform identification

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:07 pm

Working from the list of pre 1901 birth papers still held by the MoD (published on their site), there is no "Webster T" with a birth year in 1891, whose papers are held by the MoD. (Usual caveats about errors in the data, e.g. incorrect year of birth in the data, unexpected initials in front of the "T", etc.).

Assuming the badge identification to be correct, the guy with a Medal Index Card "The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), Labour Corps - 3956, 499276" seems unlikely to be him as the phrase "Royal Scots" there refers to the infantry regiment.

But then that sends me up the creek without the proverbial as I can't see a Medal Index card for a Thomas Webster in the Royal Scots Greys. But it is perfectly possible that the reason for that is that he changed regiments.
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