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Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:40 pm
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David

We are a pan-Wales recruited regiment, it is important that we have a presence in Cardiff, Caernarfon and Brecon and have space to explain our rich history and display our treasures. Unfortu ...

Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:31 pm
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Congratulations.

However, as an amateur and published historian primarily of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and noting that they were the senior component of the 2006 merger, I am puzzled to see no phot ...

Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:12 pm
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David,

That's why my question on the VWF has gone unanswered then! You've never heard of the unit!

John

Sorry if I have been rude, the pace and complexities of life sometimes reveal me for t ...

Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:47 pm
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David
The General Staff Corps was nothing to do with the Army Commissariat and Transport Department. Two different animals.

Please where can I read to brush up on this alarming gap .......... in ...

Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:37 pm
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Martin that's brilliant! So another department had C-Sgts. A turn-up! Even Major Dawnay in his magisterial "Badges of WO and NCO ........etc" did not deal with that!

The Good Conduct pay ...

Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:07 pm
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He was actually a clerk - and was promoted to Superindenting Clerk following Rorke's Drift - I suppose in today's army he would be Adjutant General's Corps - the thread orginally suggested that he was ...

Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:34 pm
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Thank you. I find the Departmental Corps of the period baffling.

Is what you are describing officially called the "Commissariat and Transport Department, Staff and Corps" 1875 - 1888?

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Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:40 am
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I was once told that an expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until finally he knows everything about nothing..................................

Really, my recollection of a defi ...

Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:33 pm
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The record is held by L-Cpl "Dutchy" Pearce of the R INN F. who achieved 12 badges under the rules, and retired c. 1925 with over 50 years service.

Had trouble bending his left arm to dri ...

Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:23 pm
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This from my MHS article, generally and charitably regarded as authoritative. Please note that it disagrees with some of the above. The Badges were officially known as "Good Conduct".
Two s ...

Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:00 pm
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Data on MABIN :

Upon enlistment , 5 foot 6 and a half inches , Fresh Complexion , Brown Hair , Grey eyes , 33 and a quarter inch chest . Enlisted 29 th May 1868 , promoted Cpl 3 rd July 1870 , tra ...

Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:53 am
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Dawn, thank you very much. My understanding ot Line Infantry at the time of 1879 was that "The Drums" comprised 2 drummers [rank private, appointment drummer] extra 1d per day pay, for each ...

Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:15 pm
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Colour-Sergeant rank was conferred on selected senior sergeants OF INFANTRY in 1813. I am not clear if Mabin was an infantryman in 1879 but infer from the above he was not. Equivalent ranks/ appointme ...

Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:00 pm
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In 1868 the Royal Army Clothing Department ledger noted that chevrons were not to be on facing colour, and were to be 1/2" worsted. Both these represented a change towards economy. Only the Foot ...

Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:21 pm
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Hope these help. From my MHS Bull. article.

Soldiers’ numbers, Regulars, Infantry of the Line.

1829.
Introduced by Horse Guards Order November. To number by length of service in corps, startin ...
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