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Australians in slouch hats [May. 22nd, 2009|03:58 pm]


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A couple of Australians adorned in famous “slouch hats” with rising sun insignia.

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A shortage of overcoats [May. 22nd, 2009|03:55 pm]

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A shortage of overcoats led soldiers to fashion sheepskins over their uniforms to keep out the cold.

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Enjoying a drink [May. 22nd, 2009|03:52 pm]

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This soldier is enjoying drink from an unmarked bottle.

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Soldiers holding a ragged doll [May. 22nd, 2009|03:49 pm]

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Soldiers holding a ragged doll.

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A black soldier [May. 22nd, 2009|03:47 pm]
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The three artillery soldiers, one black and two white, are all from different regiments.
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There are reports from the time that the War Office was so concerned at the high number of ethnic minority soldiers enlisting into British regiments that it began forming separate military units for minorities, like the British West Indies Regiment. 
 
One story to come out of a mixed regiment, the Northumberland Fusiliers, was that soldiers referred to their black comrades as "smoked Geordies", because they came from the north east of England. Although it is not possible to identify which regiments the three men in this photograph are from, they all have different insignia on their caps which suggests that they do not belong to the same one.
 
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A military tattoo [May. 22nd, 2009|03:41 pm]


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An elaborate tattoo of the British royal family.

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A 1912 Zenith Gradua Motorbike [May. 22nd, 2009|03:39 pm]


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This is a 1912 Zenith Gradua 770cc. Zenith’s were made in Finsbury Park in London from 1904 until the 1950s.

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The Glasgow Highlander [May. 22nd, 2009|03:32 pm]


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A member of the Tramways’ Battalion of the Glasgow Highlanders.

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A 1913 Triumph Motorbike [May. 22nd, 2009|03:32 pm]



The motorbike in this picture is a 1913 Triumph, Type H with 450cc capacity reaching a top speed of 45 mph.
 

The motorbike in this picture is a 1913 Triumph, Type H with 450cc capacity reaching which could reach a top speed of 45 mph. The number plate, which would normally be attached to the mud guard on the front wheel, is missing and the letters HA RY—the rider’s initials perhaps?--have been scratched into the body of the vehicle. This may have been done to differentiate it from the 30,000 or so of the same model which were sold to the allied military services during WWI, and could be crucial in identifying the rider. Both the Triumph and the Zenith Gradua were manufactured in Britain. 

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The mixed insignia [May. 22nd, 2009|03:29 pm]


The men are wearing a mixture of insignia on their caps which suggests that this is not one regiment.


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