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Child London Uniform

Postby kateanngraham » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:56 pm

Hello,
This photo is possibly John George Millans, my great grandfather, it would have been taken 1900-1910 if it is him, in the London area. I don't know much more about him and I would be really grateful to know what uniform he is wearing and any other info you may have.
Thankyou
Kate
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby loiseau22 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:31 am

It looks like "hospital blues" - the special uniform that WWI soldiers wore when in hospital.

Here's a link
http://www.donmouth.co.uk/local_history ... _blues.jpg
to a pic of a group of chaps in the same.

(Sorry - haven't worked out how to insert the links more subtly!)

Angela
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby debsstock » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:24 am

The top portion of the cap badge looks like a Fusiliers regimental badge - my grandad was in the Royal Fusiliers and his badge featured this element. Not sure about the "scroll" part below it though - there were several different Fusiliers regiments so it probably signifies one of those.
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby snaphappy » Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:25 pm

Your image shows a soldier who is wearing Hospital Blues and his cap badge shows that he was serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers at the time that this photograph was taken.
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby kateanngraham » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:14 am

Thanks everyone-can't believe he was a soldier he looks so young! :o
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby loiseau22 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:56 pm

I agree, Kate, that he does look very young. Indeed with the cap looking a bit big for him, I wondered if it might be his son trying it on. But I think a kid would have been unlikely to try on the whole "hospital blues" outfit.
Maybe he just looked very youthful...

You say the photo is taken in 1900-1910. I believe the wearing of hospital blues in military hospitals goes back to 1903 or earlier - i.e. the time of the Boer War.

Do you know the year of birth of your great-grandfather?

Angela
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby kateanngraham » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:38 am

The birth date of my great grandfather was 1899, so I'm not sure how likely it is he would have fought in WW1? Could he have been wearing his fathers uniform?
I am going to do some didding and see if I can find some military records for him.
Thanks
Kate
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby loiseau22 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:21 am

I think it's unlikely to be a child dressing up, as in those fairly early days of photography the picture would have been taken in a studio rather than as a family snapshot. And - while in studios there was a tendency to dress up small boys in sailor suits etc - a photographer would have been very unlikely to dress a small person up in hospital blues.

If born in 1899, your great grandfather could just about have been in WWI. Not sure how old you had to be to enlist, but he would have been 18 before the end of the war.

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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby ed coyne » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:30 pm

hello kate; yes,this is a hospital uniform.the british army enlisted over 200,000 "boy soldiers"that ranged in age from 13 to 18.they were supposed to be 19 to go to the front but when they were needed the officers "looked the other way".my maternal unkle enlisted in the scottish rifles at the age of 14. in 1915.here is a book title etc.that i have just finished reading that tells their story.BOY SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR,BY RICHARD VAN EMDEN,published by headline book publishing 2006,london. regards ed
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Re: Child London Uniform

Postby kateanngraham » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:47 pm

Hi there,
Please look at the attachments I have added and advice me on whether the chap highlighted (with blue ink mark) in each photo could be the same one as in the hospital blues in original photo.
It would also be helpful to know what the uniforms mean and if they are the same in each photo.
Thankyou!
K
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