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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 17:45 pm 
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Hello,

I'm looking into information about royal naval officers and the swagger stick. Would they of been used by who ever felt like it ? What ever rocks your boat in a sense ?

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Unusual, why would you?

I have a film showing a naval officer in wing collars and playing the bagpipes while his ship goes into action on D-Day???

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Aye I'm just wondering if it was me I would as I love the swagger stick haha

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RN officers, as far as I'm aware, never had swagger sticks in the same way as the Army. It may be possible that some carried them while ashore but a) they would have been unofficial and b) I can't imagine that they would have lasted any later than the early 30s.

Now a telescope, on the other hand, in polished brass and tucked neatly under the arm, would have been carried by the OOD/OOW for any vaguely ceremonial evolution. The ADCO (basically the duty Officer Cadet) still had to carry one when I was at Dartmouth in 2002-3.


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It was by no means uncommon to see Naval officers carrying walking sticks in WWI (they were gentlemen, afterall), but I don't think I've seen swagger sticks

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I think that you are right as I'm sure that I've seen WW1 photos of officers with walking sticks as well. The one that springs to mind was of some of the early RNAS pilots were one of them had a stick.


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