The Curious Case of Private Trigg

“Between 7 and 7:30a.m. the sentries saw through their periscopes a man, dressed in British uniform, carrying a rifle, and wearing his equipment less pack, in front of our wire moving towards the German lines along the extreme western edge of the craters.” Report Written by Brigadier General C J Deverell, commanding 20th Infantry BrigadeContinue reading “The Curious Case of Private Trigg”

Overseas Service Chevrons

A question I’m often asked when identifying WW1 British photographs, is “what are those stripes on the lower right arm?” These small badges are known as Overseas Service Chevrons, and were worn with the apex pointing upwards. Simply put, they were awarded for each year’s service overseas during the Great War. The chevrons were firstContinue reading “Overseas Service Chevrons”

Victorian Tunic – Royal Marine Light Infantry

As my previous uniform post had such a great reception (Victorian Stable Jacket – 3rd Dragoon Guards), I thought it time I do another! Since my last post, I’ve discovered another Victorian tunic, this time to the Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI). Although named and dated, the tunic has proved much harder to research thanContinue reading “Victorian Tunic – Royal Marine Light Infantry”

Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches

Hunting through archives and historical records, I often get distracted by things which I had no intention of looking for. One such document I recently stumbled across had the very underwhelming title of “Defence of Communication Trenches”, written by Major H F Whinney and dated to July 1915. Lt Col Harold Fife Whinney D.S.O. O.B.E.Continue reading “Shooting Round Corners Great War Style – Defence of Communication Trenches”

Victorian Stable Jacket – 3rd Dragoon Guards

From time to time, I come across some incredible pieces of military uniform and equipment. This stunning and incredibly rare Victorian Sergeant Major’s stable jacket (of the 3rd Dragoon Guards) is one of them. The jacket first came to my attention whilst browsing a local auction room catalogue for a new desk. Bundled in withContinue reading “Victorian Stable Jacket – 3rd Dragoon Guards”

Behind Enemy Lines in 1914 – The Fate of A Squadron, 11th Hussars.

On the morning of the 26 August 1914, the retreat from Mons was in full swing, with widespread confusion sweeping through British troops. The men of the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own), had now found themselves as rear guard for the retiring British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at the Battle of Le Cateau. The events thatContinue reading “Behind Enemy Lines in 1914 – The Fate of A Squadron, 11th Hussars.”

Lancashire Infantry Museum

For my second instalment on military museums, I look at the impressive collection held by the Lancashire Infantry Museum, the regimental museum for the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. I was fortunate enough to visit the museum back in February, located in Preston, Lancashire. The museum itself is ‘behind the wire’ of Fulwood Barracks, so photoContinue reading “Lancashire Infantry Museum”

Dorset in the Great War Website

Back in 2014, I created the Dorset in the Great War website, with the aim of commemorating those from the county who served during the Great War. A major part of this site, was and still is, to list all those who are remembered on war memorials around Dorset. At the time, I was undertakingContinue reading “Dorset in the Great War Website”

A Boer War ‘Hussif’

During a quiet winter evening at the beginning of the year, I came across a rather unusual auction lot whilst browsing online. The lot consisted of lots of odds and ends, but what stood out to me was an old military hussif (or housewife) which had inscribed with the owners name, rank, number, regiment andContinue reading “A Boer War ‘Hussif’”