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  1. Pte A.H CAYGILL WESTRIDING ( YORKSHIRE ) HOME GUARD / Bradford unit . This is the only example I have ever seen awarded to a Home Guard man , I have done a bit of checking with the clever medal type guys and they say he would have to have been killed - not died from sickness fior his Next of Kin to have been give this ? Another unsual fact , this unit with the designation ` Westriding ` should have been badges Duke of Wellingtons Regt but were for some reason unknown West Yorks Regt . hope this is of interest , your comments as always welcome
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    WW1 Pair to a "Tunneller" Officer

    Superb thread gents ,thank you I genuinely learnt alot .
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    HI there , many thanks . These scrolls were sent to the Next of kin for service men and women of the three main services who were killed , this is the first example I have ever seen to a `Home front ` unit? be interesting to know if the Civil defence or A.F.S were awarded them as well I have no idea. If you ever see an example to a woman buy it quick as they must be worth a fortune ? the R.A.F casualty examples go for over a hundred quid. Richard at ` Mons ` Military Antuiques has a really nice scroll if you want to study more about these .
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    Post cards, British military themed thread

    Company / Recruiting office 2nd Westriding R.G.A taken about 1910
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    Cloth formation badges

    AIR FIELD CONSTRUCTION UNITS . A loverly badge , a unit made up from R.E and Pioneer regiments , unit was formed to go in and `reactivate` damaged / destroyed captured air bases. Manufactured : Printed ( not seen any other styles of manufacture ? please comment )
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    Cloth formation badges

    19th INFANTRY BRIGADE Manufactured : Silk woven /
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    Cloth formation badges

    Commonwealth Forces , a nice example of a Silk Woven sign . Manufactured: embroidered / Silk woven / wire bullion on cloth ( not seen a printed example can any one confirm please ?) As worn post war Far East / Korea rare examples can be found ` theatre made` with country names Such as Australia , New zealand woven in .
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    Cloth formation badges

    Royal Army Service Corps -Air Despatch units . Maufactured / Printed / embroidered. / Wire bullion ( Far East ) Thes are the war time examples with clipped tail to the Dakota , later manufactured badges had the full tail . These have been applied to khaki cloth first before stitching to uniform this was often done as the Printed formation sign soon became tatty along the edges and this help prevent it BUT todays fakes of many formation signs are often sold this way to hide the rear of the badge as this is often the best way to detect if the badge is a copy .
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    Cloth formation badges

    AIR FORMATION SIGNALS . Manufactured Printed /embroidered. / paint stencilled /wire bullion
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    Cloth formation badges

    WEST AFRICAN DIVISION . Can only confirm manufactured / Printed
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    Cloth formation badges

    H.Q 21st Army Group Manufactured Printed /embroidered./ silk woven ?? ( can any one confirm silk woven this please? )
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    WWII British Headgear Guide

    Pictures of an original post war Commando Beret ( code stamp R )
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    Cloth formation badges

    War Office Control units. manufacted printed / embroidered / silk woven
  14. HI good evening , had this badge a long while but as yet unidentified ?the design looks like cross skis ? are the letters Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Royal Marines ?? badge has been worn and could actually be beret insignia.......... your thoughts please ?
  15. HI , gents , the ` CAPS COMFORTER` has been around since long before the Great War , They can be found in period photos as far back as the 1890`s,. They were designed originally as a head cover for sleeping out in the field but because of the comfort and versatility became a general item of field wear. The Commando units and other special forces adopted these purely for practical reasons as tin helmets made noise if they clanged or banged . For many years these were a rare hard to obtain item think I payed £80.00 quid for mine back in the late 1980`s - they just wernt about and any that did survive - like the wool issue jumpers were usually knacked - the moths love them. Over the last five years many have turned up - there every where , alot of these have come from ancient redundent army stores depots in Israel ( Israel bought up huge quantities of kit and equipment from any one and any where whilst trying to build up their army in the years after WW.2 ) you can get a good early dated example for less than 30 quid kind regards ,Michael
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    Parachute regiment service book

    Loverly little item , I know I keep banging on about this but collectors still dont realise the historic value of the ` tatty bits o` paper ` ................ thanks for showing ,Michael
  17. HI this US identity disc was found here in the UK by some one walking the dog???? my question is can the tag be researched please ? Details are : ALFONSO J MEDINA 37354742 T43 T45 ED MADINA SAN PABLO S R BOX 23 COLORADO . I guess the first part is his name and service number is the rest his next of kin ? Is it possible to date a tag just by looking at the details on it please ?? do post war tags hav less / or more details ? Any help will be great as Im out of my depth on US items , many thanks ,Michael
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    Post cards, British military themed thread

    A photo I really like being a nice rare Image of to female members of the Royal Flying Corps,the cloth shoulder title been worn on the distinct Womans pattern uniform - photo taken October 1918. hi ? the paper clip vanished cant load me pic ???
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    Use of Images

    This point of Mr Williamson is correct and very apt - if you just add a foot note to your thread ` and thank you to John Smith for use is of his photo ` is often more than enough and polite - however ......... I once used a photo from a UK based militaria auction house to help in a thread about cloth formation signs - a very polite favorable thread and boy did they have a S**T fit threatened to contact their solictitors the very next day if I did not remove it ..........hey ho
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    Request a Forum or Category

    HI , i would like to see a section on british cloth unit / formation signs , maybe a pinned thread a complete index where we can constantly add examples with a short unit history and what variations of construction can be found ?. Barry Morris the dealer used to use a simple code on his badge lists P=Printed E=Embroided S/W =Silk woven PP=Paint printed. any thoughts ? regards Michael
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    Post cards, British military themed thread

    The following image shows C.M.X 501820 Petty Officer Richard ( Dick ) Hamer Royal Navy Combined Operations , he was part of the crew aboard landing 267 that took men ashore on Sword beach -D/Day june 6th 1944 . He later was posted to the far east to train as beach Recce for the expected invasion of Japan . He was born in Haworth West Yorkshire I was very lucky to be able to by several items. of his a few years back , the uniform and cap he is seen wearing in this photo , cloth insignia , his Royal Navy working battle dress and the rather ` tatty` white ensign flag off the landing craft. If any one thinks this may be of interest please let me know and i can start a seperate thread . many thanks .
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    Post cards, British military themed thread

    Sarah Brookbank. Womens Royal Airforce 1918-19
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    Post cards, British military themed thread

    A quite scarce RFC / RAF photo taken around 1918 , the photo is rare in the fact hes air crew (Observer ) but not an officer- only badged as an N.C.O . The R.F.C and to a smaller extent the R.A.F was one of the last bastions of officer / public school snobbery -it was very hard for a man from even a middle class back ground to get a place as aircrew this started to charge after the big German offensive of 1918 due to the mounting casualties among the young officer class aircrew. In the photo can be seen a gorgeous cloth Observer brevet been worn this design showing a very `sharp` almost vertical angle to the badge this became less durring the 1920`s &1930`s till the second WW examples. Any one interested in collecting or researching RFC /RAF insignia - a must buy book is : EAGLES RECALLED by WARREN CARROLL. This is not a cheap book but its the only one you will every really need - page after page after page glorious colour images including all the Common wealth variations South Africa , Canada , etc etc .
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    WWII RAF salvage crew pass

    HI many thanks for showing , as a serious collector of british military paperwork I still find it amazing more people do not rate these ` tatty bits o` paper` these items some times have every thing ? a name dates , place the guy was stationed etc etc far more that what a mear capbadge can offer up ? just my thoughts .
  25. This is a small snap shot photo of a German machine gun crew, am I correct calling it an 08 Maxim ? going by the uniforms ,insignia and the class room setting I would guestimate this is a weapons lesson some time in the mid 1930`s. Please give me your thoughts . regards ,Michael