Some soldiers of the Great War.
The photos above were on display at a World War I event at Broadwell Memorial Hall. Some, if not all are likely to be local men.
On the back of the bottom middle photo above was written: "send it down please to Lil as we dont know her address
Dear Lil, just a line to let you know that Mother Dad, Antie Kate and I are coming we shall start about eleven? o'clockSaturday Sid
Mrs L Madley, Th Sh Lower Ruspridge" (part of address obliterated)
(Coleford postmark - date obliterated)
On the back of the bottom left photo above was written; "Mrs Jim Parsons, 64 Valley Road, Cinderford", next to this photo in the album was the following group photo (below) on which was written on the back; "Wounded at Ypres France on May 5th 1915 died of wounds May 7th 1915":
Jeff Jones added: "... I'm no expert but the uniform tunics are all early issue. After c1915 an "economy" design was used that removed the pleats from the breast pockets. The cap badges of the two lower men are definitely the winged "Welsh" Dragon emblem of the Monmouthshire Regiment (Infantry), who definitely recruited from the Forest of course. I cannot identify the badge of the man at top right, I don't think it's any of our local Regiments, it's an unusual shape. His ammunition bandolier usually indicates a horseman. The white rope lanyard can suggests an artillery man, so perhaps he's a driver or gunner rom a Horse Artillery unit, although I don't recognise his cap & collar badges as such. Hopefully someone else can identify him better. ??"
Monmouthshire Regiment badge image courtesy of Roger Dennis who added: "... . Originally Vol. Bns. Of the South Wales Borderers, they achieved separate status when the Territorial Force was formed, 1st April 1908 ... . I should add "Welsh" dragon, as Berkshires had a Chinese Dragon, The Buffs a winged Chinese Dragon and the Wessex Bde of 1958 had a Wyvern!".
The image below was added after Jeff's comments and shows the badge in a little more detail and the spurs worn by the soldier and the whip he is holding;
A local soldier?
Peter Essex added: "The badge shown on the cap and lapels of the soldier wearing the bandolier and light-coloured lanyard is that of the 20th Hussars. The regiment, which was based in Colchester at the start of the First World War, landed in France as part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division in August 1914 for service in the First World War. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Mons in August 1914 and both the First Battle of the Marne and the First Battle of the Aisne in September 1914. It went on to fight at the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914, the Battle of Arras in April 1917 and the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. It later took part in the German Spring Offensive in 1918, the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and the final push as the war ended".
Image of badge above courtesy of Roger Dennis who added "... 20th Hussars, a Regular Army unit. The fact of wearing a 90 rd Patt. '03 Bandolier gives away that he's cavalry. It helps that his collar dogs are more easily discerned. Amalgamated 1922 with 14th H & they wore a Prussian (ye Gods!) crowned eagle thereafter".
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