Peter wrote:This image is from the cover of Military Identities: The Regimental System, The British Army, and the British People, c.1870-2000, David French, OUP, 2005:
Every library copy I've looked at is missing its dust jacket.
Anyone know its provenance: title, artist, year?
(Pursuant to viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6297, note the Bed / Duty Plates)
Peter wrote:Maureen and Frogsmile,
Thank you for the additional information.
In case I’ve confused you both … and others: I’m trying to identify the painter and title of the painting on French’s dust jacket.
Given you’ve opened the barrack room door, I’ll step right through. As you know, my predominant nineteenth century interest is the RA. All the kit inspection images I’ve seen are Infantry, either like French’s and your first image or a barrack room panorama a la engravings in the ILN.
Were RA barrack inspections the same as these “standard” Infantry ones? Do you have any RA barrack inspection images in your proverbial kit bag?
grumpy wrote:Stunningly good photo, Mr F.
This experienced soldier c. 1906 has two Good Conduct badges [minimum 5 years service therefore], is a marksman, next badge up is the small S in wreath in worsted, the unique Indian issue for Scouts .......... and a qualified signaller. There appears something above the crossed flags but cannot make it out.
Interesting to me because his Indian KD frock is the improved pattern with turn-down collar, which became current around 1906, the Brodrick cap which was going out of use at that date, and the Wolseley helmet which was replacing the Colonial pattern, again around that date.
Something about a cusp of history!
tabony wrote:The more pictures the better for me. I'm trying to make one of the folding beds (in miniature). The best I can work out so far is that the bottom (feet and legs) section slides under the top (body and head section, rather that actualy folding, one over the other. Has anyone had access to a surviving example? I worked out all of the measurements of a barracks table and bench from the metal parts of a bench that were in a friends, neighbours garden. So I 'm never surprised where these things end up!
tabony wrote:I'm going to have to get down but it's a trail from Northumberland to Hampshire. I kick my self that I didn't go while I was at Pirbright, although, Guards cap badges weren't very welcome at Aldershot!
I'll have to pursuade someone more local to take the measurements for me. Household Cavalry Reunited here I come!
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