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Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:26 am
by eurogordi
Can anyone help date the attached photograph of a family member in Royal Navy uniform?

It is either GEORGE HAROLD LILLEY, who served in WW1, or his son, HAROLD GEORGE LILLEY who was lost onboard HMS Royal Oak on 13th October 1939 at Scapa Flow.

It would help me to know which one it is likely to be, especially as I am unable to read the cap band.

Many thanks,
Gordon Lewis

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RE: Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:16 pm
by Broadsword
Just from a casual glance at the photo, I'd have thought WWI judging from its age.

RE: Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:43 pm
by Timon Singh
[quote]ORIGINAL: eurogordi

Can anyone help date the attached photograph of a family member in Royal Navy uniform?

It is either GEORGE HAROLD LILLEY, who served in WW1, or his son, HAROLD GEORGE LILLEY who was lost onboard HMS Royal Oak on 13th October 1939 at Scapa Flow.


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Coincidentally George, we have a piece in our Spring issue (Issue 7) about HMS Belfast, which mentions other ships that fought at 'Bloody Scapa' including the HMS Royal Oak that was torpedoed by U-47. Perhaps that may be of interest to you.

Looking at your photo however, I would also guess it's most likely George Harold Lilley who served during WWI.

RE: Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:36 pm
by mrsaverage40s
Dear Gordon, it appears from the photo that he is wearing a wedding ring-were both married when they served? I tried to read the hatband too but when I enlarged the photo it pixelated too much- and the best I could decipher seemed to be HMS Victory ! Do the stripes on the sleeve help to eliminate one of them at all-or the apparent medal ribbon? Best wishes and good luck.

RE: Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:36 pm
by mrsaverage40s
Dear Gordon, it appears from the photo that he is wearing a wedding ring-were both married when they served? I tried to read the hatband too but when I enlarged the photo it pixelated too much- and the best I could decipher seemed to be HMS Victory ! Do the stripes on the sleeve help to eliminate one of them at all-or the apparent medal ribbon? Best wishes and good luck.

RE: Royal Navy - Which War?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:46 am
by snaphappy
going by the fouled killick on his sleeve he was a leading seaman.

snaphappy