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27-12-2008, 7:51 PM
Hi Forum Member
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.
I am trying to identify the regiment that 2 of my relatives serviced with. I have attached 3 photos below 2 show my grandfather George Goodey taken in 1914 I believe (one of which shows him and his wife on their wedding day) and the other shows my great grandfather Edward Colebrooke Miller (again I think this a WW1 uniform). Can anyone help me identify the regiments they were in?
I have followed Mary Young's advice on how to apply these images to this thread but I am not sure that its worked as all I appear to have added are some links to photobucket.com
Any help would be gratefully appreciated
27-12-2008, 8:01 PM
The photographs are showing fine.
In order to see them (rather than just the links) people will need to have "show images" enabled in their User CP. :)
However, I have moved this to the Army forum, so that it attracts the attention of our military experts.
27-12-2008, 11:25 PM
The cap badge in the third photograph looks to me like that of the Middlesex Regiment.
I think you are right Finbar.
Richard, if you copy and paste
"Middlesex Regiment" cap badge
into Google, some sites with very clear pictures appear.
28-12-2008, 12:24 AM
The picture of Edward Colebrooke Miller is 100% Middlesex Regt.
The badges on his arm are as follows
1 - LG in wreath ( Lewis Gunner) or Light Gunner as it was latter know, a skilled trade that he would have got extra pay for.
2 - The inverted chevron, which is of a type you do not of see, I would say is a long service good conduct chevron, I am pretty sure for 3 years service, so pretty so he may have had pre war service, depending on when the picture was taken.
3 - singke upright stripe (thinner) is a wound stripe, showing he had been wounded in action due to enemey fire.
A true WW1 veteran, and a superb picture of him.
From the top two pictures I would say you man is either Royal Artillery (RA) or Royal Engineers(RE). Reason for this is he is wearing a leather ammo pouch across his chest as issued to RA and RE troopes as they spent most of their time on or working with horses.And he is wearing long putties over his boots, issued to most troops who worked with horses.
He is not wearing a white lanyard which would have been worn by most RA soldiers, but reason I say he is RE is he is wearing an armband of white over blue as worn by signallers, usually by RE soldiers.
I will try and look up their medal index cards for you as this will give army numbers and a guide of service dates and confirm what units they were in.
Hope this helps
28-12-2008, 2:34 PM
There are three possible Medal Index Cards in the National Archives online list which might match G. Goodey; as stated in an earlier post the photo is of someone in a mounted unit and could be one of:
George Goodey, Royal Field Artillery, no. 96347 - but no lanyard, usually worn by RFA.
Alfred G. Goodey, Royal Engineers, (Corporal, but not necessarily when the photo was taken),
G.Goodey, Army Service Corps, no. CMT 2289.
These can be downloaded for I think £2.50, payable by card, and you might get all three on one download. Otherwise A...y have the same data if you are a subscriber.
There is an MIC for Edward C. Miller, Middlesex Regt, no. 4244, which is probably your man.
These MICs will show what campaign medals the men were entitled to, if they served overseas, and perhaps give a little other info, but not a full service record, which is more likely to be found via A...y.
30-12-2008, 4:19 PM
Hi Forum members
Thanks to all who replied for advancing my knowledge of the regiments which my grandfather George Goodey may have served with and my Great uncle (not my great grandfather) Edward Colebrooke Miller served with.
My grandfather was married on 22nd March 1914. His marriage certificate gives his profession as Motor Bus Driver.
Considering the advice from smilingsixth regarding the armbands that my grandfather has over his left arm I wondered if he was with the signalers as any other images I have seen of this regiment show these armbands on the right arm.
Considering my grandfathers profession of Motor Bus Driver, which was also described as Motor Driver on my fathers birth certificate (dob 14th Dec 1916), I wondered whether my grandfather might have driven vehicles whist in the army, whether in the Royal Engineers or otherwise.
30-12-2008, 5:28 PM
The Royal Engineers were responsible for much of the army's signalling and so the armband (or brassard) could indicate RE.
I erred in giving the National Archives cost of a medal index card image as £2.50. It is now £2.00, a nice change from all the other increasing prices.
30-12-2008, 5:38 PM
I can share these records with you free of charge via a well know site, pm me an email and I will forward them to you.
31-12-2008, 11:09 AM
I have sent you a personal message.
31-12-2008, 11:33 AM
I have been reading through the service record of George Goodey 96347, was his wife called Lilian?
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