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Unable to Identify Reginment 1 month 1 week ago #75895

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Hi
My husband has this guy in his family history. By looking online at the uniform - more specifically the hat/helmet it would seem that this guy was in the 2nd Boer War as that appears to be the only war where that hat/helmet was worn.

Would someone be able to help me in confirming if that would be correct ?

Also he has a ribbon (not sure of the technical term) on his uniform - does anyone know from the colours what this ribbon signifies - does it identify a regiment, or is it a ribbon that everyone serving in the Boer Ware got?

I would be most grateful for any help - as you will have gathered I know nothing about the military.

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Bev
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Unable to Identify Reginment 1 month 1 week ago #75896

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Hello Bev......

He served in the GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT......

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucestershire_Regiment

The helmet was also worn in WW1 in the Middle East......

The medal ribbon is the British War Medal (1914-1920) for World War One.....

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Unable to Identify Reginment 1 month 1 week ago #75897

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Oh my god - thank you so much - that clears up so much confusion.

My husband's family always thought that it was their grandfather, but due to me/us only being able to identify the helmet to the Boer War - we thought it must actually be the Great Grandfather - but that didn't really fit well.

As for the ribbon - I just could not find anything about that at all - thank you so so so much - I have spent hours and hours trying to find this out, but it didn't help me given I didn't know the correct names for stuff.

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I agree, the badge on his Wolseley pattern foreign service helmet would be the Gloucesters. Would that fit with what you know of him?

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Unable to Identify Reginment 1 month 3 days ago #75984

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Thank you for that. All I know about him is that he was born and lived in London until he moved to NZ after the war. He did not speak of the war at all - which was quite common.
We did find that he had been a prisoner of war, but I can't remember off the top of my head where that was. I posted a different photo of him on another forum and that particular photo had him in a POW uniform and he had a different badge on his hat. That forum identified him as being a private 1/9
London Regiment POW and the person sent me a link to his POW record which certainly checked out with his name and DOB etc.

I have attached that POW photo here - my guy is second from the left sitting down. YOu can't get a good look at his badge but it definitely not that same as in the first photo.

Any ideas why he might have been in the Gloucestershire regiment and then in the London Regiment or vice versa?

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Can you post the photo of the POW?
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