Anyone Identify which war

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  1. Dogsday

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    Does anybody know which war this would be the uniform for, I think he would be too old for WW1 being 62 when it started, so would this be the Boer War of 1899-1902? The cap badge is for the East Yorkshire regiment.
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I've been looking here but it's a bit early for my eyes to focus.
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    Not casting nasturtiums here but if this is your chap he looks a bit long in the tooth. Maybe this was taken when he was in the reserves.
     
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    Yes, it's a bit of a mystery, could be the reserves as you say Blackmogs, his son, my Grandfather carried this photo in his pocket all through the first war, with one of his Mother, which sadly has been lost.
     
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    there are some serice records online for previous service to WW1 perhaps if you give his name and birthdate we could look for him.
     
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    thank you, Robert Dunn, born 1851, East Yorkshire :)
     
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    I've had a bit of a look. One comes to view but b. in May 1852
    Name: Robert Dunn
    Birth Date: 22 Mar 1852
    Military Year: 1892
    Regiment: 3 D G
    Rank: Band Master of The Army and Royal Marine
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    It may be that he was in a 'home Army ' which could explain the uniform. The space between top button & next down appears to have stitching or something which I haven't seen on other early Uniforms.

    Do you have his year of death or any 2nd Christian names?
    Was he perchance born in Driffield?
     
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    Have a look at this site. It's a British Army photographic archive. OL, so not everything is free, just had a bit more of a look but it might help.

    "Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier."

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    Wendy, Robert was actually born in Kilham but lived mainly in Driffield, There were 2 Robert Dunns who would have been registered in Driffield, I think you have found the other one, my Robert was definitely born in December 1850, no second name, he died in 1918 in Driffield, I have the birth & death certs.
    Thank you so much for looking :)

    Sis, I will have a root on this website, thank you
     
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    Been to the British Army Ancestors site, no sign of G.Grandad but found his son & uploaded a photo of him :):)
     
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    so was your Robert the son of David & Catherine Dunn
     
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    If these are his parents he seems to have been in all census with nothing mentioned about serving.
    Do you think he was in the WW1 equivalent of home guard and perhaps some old uniforms were issued
     
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    yes, Sandie this is my Robert & I suppose he could have been in the Home Guard, I think he was too old to have been in France or on any active service.

    I had a thought that just maybe he had donned his son's uniform just for his photo taking :):rolleyes::)
     
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    For information: the equivalent to the Home Guard in WW1 was the Volunteer Force, formerly the Volunteer Training Corps. It was originally formed by a group of enthusiasts in 1914 to provide military training for those too old or not yet able to volunteer for the Army.

    Perhaps have a rummage on the interwebby for images of their uniform to see if it matches?

    Just a thought... :)
     
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    as he is this Robert he appears on all census and no mention of any service
    You may be right about him donning his sons uniform for a photo I have a few photos of family wearing each others uniform

    seem to be repeating myself:confused::confused:
     
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    Will do Jan, thanks

    Have just asked on the Driffield forum to see if anyone knows anything.
     
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    Had a root around & thinking the uniform for home guard or volunteer corp would be more like this, so probably just dressing up o_O:)
     

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    Have consulted with OH who thinks it could be past 1910 because of the hat, standard service dress when not wearing a helmet.
     
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    The Volunteer Training Corps were officially recognised by the War Office in November 1914. VTC members wore greenish-grey uniforms with bright red armbands bearing the initials "GR" which, according to a popular joke, stood for "Grandpa's Army"!
     
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    Army bands have slightly different rules to the rest of the Army regarding age, as they become stretcher bearers in time of war, also if he served in the Army he may have known some one from his previous service and just told them an age that would let him serve.........my Great Grandfather was born in 1861, joined the 50th Brigade the Middlesex Regt in 1881, joined the reserve in 1892 and re enlisted in 1914 at age.............46 ....work that out....lol he then served in the Depot of the Middlesex Regt until 1917 and transferred to the Labour Corps and then the Chinese Labour Corps. The picture does look to be a WWI uniform although Kharki uniforms were worn during the Boer War
     
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