help please?

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by jenny hurst, May 1, 2018.

  1. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Hello.l am hoping that someone on here can help me identify this uniform as l would like to find out more about my dad .but all i have is this photo many thanks

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Could you get a better image of the cap badge ?
    It's not too clear on your photo.
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Jenny


    You should really apply for his service records which will answer quite a few of your questions and perhaps some you dont know you need to ask yet - the link you need is - Request records of deceased service personnel members will help you read through the records once you have them

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  4. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Many thanks for the fast response to my question. Sadly owen unable to get a pictureof the cap badge as it just looks like a dark mark on the cap . Tricky dicky have thought of applying to the mod but the forms ask if army,navy, raf and not sure what he was in . Anymore info would be a help . Many thanks in advance jenny
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    He's Army.
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  6. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Thankyou owen thats one question answered must have been somewhere abroad judging by the shorts.
  7. Waddell

    Waddell Active Member

    Hi Jenny,

    I have come across USA Studios before with First World War photographs and they were a company based in England.

    According to this website they were operating at Portsmouth in 1939-


    Possibly this image was taken at that time. His service records will tell more.

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  8. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    Looks like Royal Marines to me.
  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Could be. Does the answer lie in the colour of the webbing? RM or RMP? If he is a Royal Marine it complicates the application for Service Records as those for RM are held by the Navy. If we had his name and date of birth Forum members may be able to throw more light.
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  10. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Firstly thankyou for spending the time to help me it is very much appreciated . Alex what makes you think royal marines ?. Timuk can i ask why would it complicate the application if he was in the marines ?. If it would help his name was John joseph Hurst born on the 17th december 1915 in holborn london ..Also apologies as i had posted in the wrong place so thankyou to whoever located it into the correct place im allnew to forum life. Jenny
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    The complication would arise because if he was a Marine then you would need to apply in the Royal Navy/Royal Marines section, if he wasn't a Marine then you would need to apply in the British Army section, having filled in the General Enquirer's section first (which applies to all requests)

    John Joseph Hurst
    Birth: 17 Dec 1915 - London
    Death: 26 Sep 1978 - London, England
    Marriage: Sep 1939 - London
    F: Matthew James Hurst
    M: Elizabeth Simpkin

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  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    There's a 1940 Royal Artillery Attestation for a John Joseph Hurst but I don't have access to it. Can anyone else help?
  13. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Tricky Dicky thankyou for the speedy responce . Yes understand the complication now if pay the fee to the army records and discover nothing because he was in the marines will have to pay again so need to be 100% sure really about his uniform . I have looked at so many uniforms online some similar looking but the belt and gaiters were a different colour so drew a blank there .
  14. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    As Owen said pity the cap badge was`nt clearer ? I cannot explain why but it has a postwar look ,Palestine or Syria ,1946? I`ll even have a shot at the Regiment 1st Duke of Wellingtons ? Blanco on the belt and ankle gaiters? A Guess of course I believe their cap badge had a triangle backing ? Just an observation .Sorry

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  15. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    The white belt and white oversocks and dark cap badge make me think Royal Marines. Not sure of course but that’s my reasoning !

  16. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member

    Does this help: GBM_ROYALART_1591601-1592600_00005.jpg
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  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Defo not a Marine IMO. I get the paperwork above says RASC but it doesn't look like their cap badge either. Apart from the wrong headdress I thought the cap badge looked cavalry (skull and cross bones) Lancers. The unit I'm thinking of had a darkened cap badge.

    Now you know his army I'd apply for a copy of his service records.
  18. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    It looks like a G.S. Tam rather than an R.M. Commando green beret.
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  19. jenny hurst

    jenny hurst Member

    Learnt more from all you lads on here than from my mother who has memorey problems . Well the name is correct so looking good on that front is that number a service number Enigma ?.. or am i running before i can walk so desperate to find info as my dad died when i was just 4 years old and with the info from tricky dicky i know my grandparents names . Many many thanks to a great bunch of knowledgeable fellas . Jenny ..
  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    It is my understanding that the MOD records office only 'cash the cheque' once records have been found, so in theory if you applied for one section and he wasn't there the 'cheque' should be returned to you. You could always telephone them and ask that question, I have always found them to be helpful


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