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Hi guys,

 

i have a bunch of photo's of family members in uniform that i would like to post.I have posted them before in various threads but i thought it would be nice to post them all here in one "family" thread.

I know some of you have some great photo's also,i've seen them.

 

So,let's see the photograhic treasures you have of your family who served in the British and Commonwealth forces.

 

First;is my maternal grandfather,Charlie Ward.This photo was taken circa WWI,location unknown,he was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and he is standing center with folded arms.

 

This is one of my favorite family images.

 

Regards,Martin.

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In WWII grandad Ward joined the Royal Poineer Corps and served on the home front.

 

This photo is dated on the reverse, 6/5/40.

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My paternal grandfather,James Harry Westley,RFA,RA.

 

This photo was taken circa 1918.

 

He went from a Trumpeter RFA,in 1914 to a Sergeant RA,in 1918.

 

His sleeve insignia shows that he was a rough rider and PT instructor.

 

 

 

 

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After WWI grandad Westley served in India and returned to England where he finished his career in the RA as a gunnery instructor to the Worcestershire Yeomanry (QOWH) in the 1930's.

 

In WWII he joined the Home Guard and commanded an AA battery in Woolwich,London.

 

This photo was taken in Worcestershire circa 1937 when he was WO 1,just before he retired from the RA.

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This has to be my favorite family photo,my parents wedding picture.

 

Grandad Westley,RA is standing behind my mom and dad.My grandmother stands to the left of dad and his sister,my aunt Doreen stands on the right of mom.

The photo was taken on October 14 1950.

Dad was in the Royal Scots Greys and mom was in the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).

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Very nice photos Martin. Great to have this kind of material to remember your ancestors by.

 

Mine have likewise been posted individually before, but here goes. First my Grandfather, Pte William Williamson 4 Bn Black Watch, KIA France March 1915.

 

 

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My father Sgt Edgar Williamson CMP/RMP

 

First during training at Borden Camp.

 

Group photo in tropical dress, with 51 Highland Div Provost Company, Durban, South Africa.

 

Postwar, 1948 as Sgt with  172 Provost Company in Perth, Scotland.

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Sgt Gordon Williamson, here in 1983 as L/Cpl with the Coy Shooting Team, 243 Pro Coy RMP. (Long before gaining the grey hair and the extra Kgs of today !!)

 

Have a shot of my brother in uniform too somewhere that I'll try to dig out. He was a Centurion Tank driver with 5th RTR.

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Great photo's Gordon and thanks for posting them.

 

I really like the shot of your grandad.

 

Also,do you have your father's medals that match his ribbon bar that we can see in the 1948 photo ?

 

Anyway,i just found this one in the family album.It is of my great uncle,George Ward,Royal Artillery.

 

I think the photo was taken early post WWI ?

 

Regards,Martin.

 

 

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Here are some photo's of my dad.

 

Now,after WWII dad moved around from various armoured units until he finally "settled down" in the Royal Tank Regiment in late 1950.

 

Here is a photo of him taken in post WWII Germany and he is wearing the Royal Armoured Corps cap badge.

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Then he went on to the Royal Scots Greys.

 

In this photo he is the one in the back wearing the RSG cap badge.He was eligible to join this regiment as his grandmother,my great grandmother,was from Scotland.

 

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Here is a photo of dad taken in Korea when he was in the 1st RTR.He drove Centurion's in Korea.

 

He is the one kneeling in front.

 

Today dad,at the age of 83 is the current Chairman of the Birmingham branch of the RTR Association.

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Great to see these family pictures.  i also have shown these of my Dad before, both from his service in North Africa during WWII.

 

The wreck is an Italian car.

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The caption on the back of this says "the wine bottles WERE full".

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