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Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby alilou03 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:44 am

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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby alilou03 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:44 am

Under the occupation thanks


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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby ianbee » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:15 am

Looks like Private K O Y L I?
Could be -
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby JaneyH » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:20 am

My guess is that the occupation reads "Private, KOYLI" and also "hawker". So the groom was a private in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and also a hawker (salesman) of some sort.

*However*, without being able to see the date of the marriage I don't know if this army regiment reference makes sense or not (there was a major reorganisation of the army in 1881, with regiments merging / being renamed etc). Perhaps you could tell us the date, then regular posters on here with far better knowledge of military history than me will, I'm sure, be able to give more information.


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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby alilou03 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:31 am

Ok thank you the marriage date is 1915


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Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:44 pm

That's alright - the KOYLI existed "officially existed from 1881 to 1968" - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King's_Own_Yorkshire_Light_Infantry

And it gives me great pleasure to indulge my other passion and throw in a completely spurious link by saying that "KOYLI" (named in in its full form) was one of the last of BR's Deltic diesel locos, being withdrawn in 1981 - http://www.55002koyli.com/index.php?id=about
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Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby brunes08 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:17 pm

Thanks for that Adrian B38 - I didn't know that about the train. My younger son will be delighted with the connection.
Aliliou03, My grandfather was in the KOYLIs in the 1WW. They fought long and hard at the Battle of the Somme. If you are interested, the War Diaries provide interesting reading - check out on the National Archives web site. Lt Colonel Reginald C Bond's book 'History of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in the Great War 1914-1918' is also interesting as it heavily based on the diaries*. I was able to use this and my grandfather's service record to trace his time on the Western Front. The KOYLI's Regimental Museum in Doncaster is well worth a visit if you can get there.
*If you want to find it or order from your local library, it was published in 1929 - Vol III, London, Percy Lund, Humphries Co Ltd.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby ianbee » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:34 pm

brunes08 wrote:Alilou03 - see my response on your other post in the General Research Section.

No, see my response in Military help!
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Re: Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean please

Postby alilou03 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:14 am

Thank you so much for the info it's a fantastic help


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