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Royal Marines/artillery Ww11 Photo

bee

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Can anyone identify which branch of the services this is. My uncle is amongst this group and I am sure that he served at sea. He would have enlisted in Warwickshire.Norman Higginson (2nd. rt. bottom row).jpg
 

ChrisM

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Looks like coastal defence to me which would make it Royal Artillery (or, later on, even Home Guard). Could be the real thing or a training establishment. Is there sufficient definition in the original image to dechipher what is written on the life belt, apart from what appears to be "Royal Artillery"? In particular does the original show more of the bottom half of the ring?

Someone more expert than I might get something from the image of the bloke in charge with his Great War ribbon. Cap badge? Uniform - R.A. or even Royal Marines?

Sorry, more questions than answers but let's hope for more discussion on this.

Chris
 

bee

New Member
Unfortunately the bottom of the photo does not show more of the ring. However it is a postcard/photo and on the back is printed J C Lawrence & Sons, 22 Elmhurst Road, Gosport. The only other word clearly defined next to and below Royal is "Sea"
 

ChrisM

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Staff member
Googling reveals some interesting information about this photographer, not least that there is an online archive showing some of the historical material - and, perhaps more significant, contact details. If there is some reference number on the postcard, they may still have documentation describing who, where and when.

Chris
 

pjmburns

master brummie
A search here https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/records.asp?SE=go&adID=46964714495&KW=forces war records&SC=O61&NO=586&gclid=CMqzi9SH58cCFUoJwwodkDcJbg reveals eight records for Norman Higginson - there are several for one in the Royal Artillery. I wonder if the guns behind the photo were used for training?

This site seems to offer help with photos as well although I think there is a fee to pay. HMS Siskin was a training ship at Gosport in WW2. https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/4160/hms-siskin/

Janice
 
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