Do you regcognize their units / ranks?

Discussion in 'Allied Units - Others' started by AJ Jones, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. AJ Jones

    AJ Jones Junior Member

    perhaps you can help with this photo. The person on the left is my grandfahther who served in the Wiltshire Regiment. Are the other men in the same regiment? Do you recognize their ranks? IMG_20181104_0001.jpg
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Middle chap's cap badge looks like Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders to me.

    edit: Ignore my comment , see below
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2018
  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I was thinking KOSB for the middle soldier and as it a beret rather than a Tam it would imply 7th KOSB

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  4. AJ Jones

    AJ Jones Junior Member

  5. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    The feel I get from the photo is more 1945 near or just after the end of the War, collars and ties weren’t the norm til about them (although some individuals and units unofficially wore them earlier when off duty). He may have been at Arnhem or been a post battle replacement.
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    The soldier on the right has his WW2 ribbons so after May 1945 - I would guess and agree with AB64

    I would also guess all are NCO's (probably privates) - from what can be seen the right and left men show no rank insignia on arms or shoulders, the centre man shows no discernable rank on his shoulders, but may have something on his unseen arms.

    Wondering if they are in a Holding Unit/camp awaiting demob, looking at the nissen type huts behind them, second half of 1945 into 1946 even

    Just my thoughts

  7. AJ Jones

    AJ Jones Junior Member

    His soldier's service book is stamped with
    5 Feb. 1947 York
    Transit Camp 113 BOAR
    So the photo might show this camp
  8. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    What do the two stripes on your Grandfather's left forearm mean & why are they on his forearm? My eyes are not the best when I've not got my specks on!:cool:

  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Service stripes were worn on the lower left arm to indicate years of service, each red stripe indicates 1 years service during 1940 to 1945, and the white shows that your served before the war started i.e. a regular soldier.


  10. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    TD, thanks for the explanation . Something to remember.

  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Lower LEFT arm are Good Coduct stripes.
    1 for 2 years.
    2 for 5 years
    3 for 12 years
    4 for 16 years
    5 for 21 years

    source : page 119 Handbook on the British Army 1943

    TD , what you refer to is overseas service stripes for the Canadian Army.
    red stripes with 1 silver stripe
    Service Chevrons
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  12. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.


    Thanks for the correction.. I knew nothing of them. I'm sure TD will agree that he has been corrected?
    learn something new everyday..

  13. AJ Jones

    AJ Jones Junior Member

    Hi everyone!
    My mum found another photo, which says April 1945 Andy, Johnny, Duff, Buck Brian and myself (Albert). Perhaps you do recognise any of the people. upload_2019-5-19_20-40-13.png


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