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’”

Photos of the Great War – Frederick Charles Yetman – Hampshire Regiment

From time to time I come across an old postcard of a Great War soldier with a name written on it. It’s not always possible to identify them, but occasionally I get lucky. This particular photo was initially of interest to me as part of my research on helmet flashes. I was fairly certain thatContinue reading “Photos of the Great War – Frederick Charles Yetman – Hampshire Regiment”

Distinguishing Marks of The Great War – Signallers of the British Army, an illustrated guide.

The evolution of distinguishing marks and armbands worn by Signallers during the Great War.

Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry

With the introduction of the steel helmet in 1915, it wasn’t long before British, and it’s then Empire, troops began to embellish them with unit signs. These ‘distinguishing marks’ as they were known were intended to identify the unit of the wearer. Some markings were as simple as a cap badge soldered to the frontContinue reading “Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry”