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  1. The Arylls were in both so it could be either, I’m looking to see if I have any other information on him that might help as otherwise I think it is just a 50/50 guess.
  2. Yes the photo I uploaded doesn't show the patch very clearly I've added another two to this which hopefully show what I believe to be the sword however it is still not as clear as I hoped. I had never heard of photos being edited in this way before, its not to my taste as I think photos should be left unedited as to show things exactly how they were but each to their own. He did survive the war so I that makes this less likely but I guess still could of happened. Thanks for the help, hopefully the photos clear this up a little, Jack You can hopefully see the hilt of the sword in the centre of the cross and the faint line of the blade going down the centre.
  3. Another thing that been puzzling me is what this stands for: INV BVB Its on the inside of a MK IV shell that appears to of been painted light blue for the raf but then over painted red on the outside. The previous owner thought it was possibly for fire crews at the airfield but I haven’t been able to prove that as of yet. Anyway I haven’t been able to work out what it stands for so if anyone knows or wants to have a guess I’d appreciate it. Regards Jack
  4. I came across this set of markings today but can’t match them to any of the makers in the list. They appear on what looks like a MK II shell Maybe it’s just me being a muppet but as I said I can’t seem to place them. Any help appreciated, Jack
  5. Thanks a lot, I hadn’t thought of the 21st. It turns out the Argyll’s were all over the place during the war and many of the battalions suffered heavy casualties leading them to being absorbed and re formed a lot and then being moved all over the place again, so that makes tracing the patch a lot harder but I’ll have a proper read later today and see if I can rule out a few options. Thanks again, Jack
  6. Hello and welcome, You have a Mark Two helmet from the liner type and date on the lugs. I believe the mark above the date is a three in roman numerals (III), showing that it is a mark three chin strap lug rather than an M. There should be a date and makers stamp on one of the arms of the liner that will tell you who made the liner and when there is a thread on makers marks here to show which company made yours: I personally think its a civil helmet but I'm no expert so I'd wait for others to comment. Regards, Jack
  7. Thanks for all the replies, I looked into it possibly being something beginning with s garrison artillery but from what I've read the term Garrison artillery officially went in 1924. I haven't been able find a reference of it being kept on by the former batteries, so probably isn't the case here, but I did find some interesting articles about the Royal Garrison Artillery during the first world war so I had some fun looking. 13 SQN is the most plausible at the moment so that shall be the working theory. I've attached a better photo but the writing still isn't much clearer. Thanks for all the help, much appreciated, Jack
  8. The 8th army was also a possibility however the patches I've have only seen the shield on a black backing and the shield its self has a scalloped top rather than a flat one in the photo. I also believe i can see a faint cross inside the larger cross which could be the sword on the 1st and 2nd armies patch that is not present on the 8th. I used the thread on here to help identify the glengarry, I think the Kings own Scottish borders used the same dicing but I don't think the shape of the cap badge fits with the one in the photo as well as the Argyll and Sutherland one does but its a hard call. Unfortunately I don't have any actual ones to compare it to and no other information to go on. Thanks for the help so far, Jack 1st photo: 1st army patch 2nd photo: 2nd army patch 3rd photo: 8th army patch
  9. A bit of an odd question that I think is a bit of a long shot but on the base of the buffer pads on a MK 5 liner? There is some writing, DVR Dickins D Troop? 13 ??? The first two are clear to read the third the end is a bit smudged but I’m fairly sure it says D Troop as I can’t think of anything else, but the last one has me stumped. I know this isn’t strictly a militaria question but is was hoping someone might at least know of what the 3 letter could represent? As there is rank, name, troop, presumably something along those lines would follow. Also if anyone wants to have a go at guessing what the letters could actually be, that’s the best photo I could take and it really isn’t any clearer in real life. My best guess is S.G.A but I can’t think of what that would stand for. Sorry for the weird question, Regards Jack
  10. Another photo, this time from the Second World War, that I would appreciate some thoughts on, Although it’s hard to tell I think the badge to be that o the Argyll and Sutherland hylanders, but if anyone has any other Ideas i’d be happy to hear them. I was thinking the patch could be that of the 1st or second army as I think I can see the inner sword in the cross, is there any way to tell the difference? I have not seen many pictures of lanyards being worn during the Second World War, so I was wondering why this was?, I searched for pictures of members of the Argyll and Sutherland and also other Scottish units but next to none were wearing one. As always any help appreciated, Regards Jack
  11. Just found this image on a south African auction site, the helmet has the colours of the welsh guards plume painted on the side of what I think is a HCRAC from the late 1930s, so solves the problem of what mine is and further shows that plumes and hackles were painted on helmets. Regards, Jack
  12. So far the only image I've found of a hackle or plume on a helmet, this photo is of members of the Lancashire Fusiliers and is apparently from 1916 during the battle of the Somme. I haven't found any other insignia that look anything like the one present on the helmet above so I'm fairly certain it is a plume of some sorts. However mine is on a MK IV so there is a little time gap and mine is of a very different style but at least it is a start. The second image I found colourised on an reenacting groups page.
  13. Hello all, I have just acquired a British MK IV helmet with this insignia on the left hand side, I believe it to be the plume of the welsh guards. Whilst I have found many pictures of helmets with cap badges and formation signs before I have not seen a plume or hackle. So basically I'm asking if anyone has seen any other helmets with hackles or plumes before? or if I'm wrong knows what this is. 1st photo: The helmet 2nd photo: The plume of the welsh guards
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