Anchor Insignia on Uniform Query

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by David Lea, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. David Lea

    David Lea Member

    Good evening

    I've been asked to re-post my original enquiry since I now understand I should not have started my title with 'ID' due to the error messages that result - my apologies for this. The previous answers have been noted with thanks.

    I wonder if anyone can help with the ID of this man's uniform insignia ie the 'Anchor' on his left shoulder?

    My son-in-law thinks he may be a member of the Royal Navy who's done the Commando Course but is not sure.

    Any help with the medal ribbon ID would also be appreciated.

    Thank you in anticipation.

    Kind Regards


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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Africa Star medal ribbon.
    Looks like a brass 1 to denote he was in First Army.

    I stick to my Beach Group answer for anchor. I think it's been coloured in incorrectly.
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  4. David Lea

    David Lea Member

    Thanks everyone for your input... very much appreciated.

    From the responses, I think I am safe to assume my man was

    *A corporal in the First Army
    *In a Beach Group (the anchor should be red but has been incorrectly coloured)
    *Awarded the Africa Star Medal (First Army clasp)

    I am enquiring on behalf of my cousin, the man is a relative of hers but I shall encourage her to send off for his full service record.

    Thanks again gents.

  5. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Do you know his service number, that would enable you to identify the Regiment and which Beach Group he was attached to?
  6. David Lea

    David Lea Member

    I'm afraid we don't know his service number Guy, so for now, I think that's as far as we go.

    I was enquiring on behalf of my cousin, she's going to see if she can find anything else out and take it from there.

    Thanks again to everyone for their help.

  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    See post 3 - apply for his service records - you dont need a service number but you will need a death certificate - the records will answer all [at least most] of her questions

  8. David Lea

    David Lea Member

    Cheers Tricky Dicky... I'll pass on the link!


  9. Marcus H

    Marcus H Active Member

    It’s either a ‘1’ for the 1st Army or an ‘8’ for the 8th Army on the ribbon.

    I think, I can just partially see what appears to be an ‘8.’

    Not too sure, 50/50 on that one ;-)

  10. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello David,

    This link may assist: Photo 89 or 90 RE July 1945 Germany

    Is the photograph an original colour photograph or has it been colourised? The reason I ask is that the Beach Group anchor is not blue, but it is in the photograph!


  11. David Lea

    David Lea Member

    Thanks Marcus... I've tried zooming in and it's really difficult to tell whether it's a 1 or an 8 but like you, I'm beginning to think it's an 8.

    Thanks Steve... I've read the thread with interest. I'm pretty sure the photo has been colourised later and I think incorrectly since as you say, the Beach Group anchor should be red, not blue.

    I've tried to encourage my cousin to apply for his service record to find out more about this man.

    Thanks again and kind regards


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