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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:55 am 
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Hi

My Grandad served in the royal artillery during ww2 apparently in Egypt and italy

I have attached some picture, one is my mums birth certificate from 1942

I would like to recreate his uniform and rank

Hopefully you can help me or point me in the right direction

Thanks

Steve


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:26 am 
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Driver means private or more normally Gunner in the RA.
He may have achieved higher rank by the end of the war.

We need to know what battery he was attached to which may have changed the war, and what period you want to portray.
A close up of the pictures may show some formation signs but ideally you need to apply for his army records.


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Location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Real Name: Adrian Hollis
Group: AFRA, portray- RA AA gunner, 9th AF pilot
You will need to start with a 1937 pattern Battledress jacket and trousers. Plenty places sell these. Depends on your budget as to what you want to go for... You will also need white cotton braces.

Headwear would be a OR's Field Service cap (side cap), with a Royal Artillery cap badge. Make sure you get a WW2 standard badge. There are many variations. You would also benefit from a 'Tommy Helmet'

Ammo boots would be the choice of footwear.

'37 pattern gaiters will go around the ankle.

'37 pattern belt will go around your waist.

Insignia- it's hard to tell from your photo as to what he is wearing, but it looks minimal. White lanyard goes over the RIGHT shoulder (not left as most other regiments).

That should be enough to get you started.

I have a uniform badged up as my Great uncles who was Royal Artillery Ack Ack in 1940. It depends on what year you want to portray, as to what insignia you need, if you want to make it more unique to your grandfather's unit.

Hope this helps?

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Lance Bombardier Bryce R. Hollis 89 Bty, 35th LAA RA. Captured by Japanese on Java 8/3/42

1st Lt Delmore (Del) Meier, 314th TS, 31s TG, 9th USAAF. Flying C-47's from RAF Grove


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 16:28 pm 
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Thanks for the help guys

I think its going to be worth getting his service record

I have found another picture, i am guessing it is later in the war

Thanks

Steve


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Later potentially, more helpful in the way of insignia...not really :)

The chap on the left only has a royal artillery arm of service stripe and his sergeant stripes. Your grandfather looks to have RA slip-ons in his portrait picture and something different in the pairing...potentially an Africa star ribbon too.


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The picture is post 42 but still looks early.

If there are Div/Brigade markings on those trucks which we can see that would help.


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As well as recreating the uniform you might like to fire a gun or two - check this out http://www.thegarrison.org.uk


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The badge worn in the field service cap was actually a Royal Artillery collar badge - a flaming bomb with the word 'UBIQUE' on a scroll.


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Private Golightly wrote:
The badge worn in the field service cap was actually a Royal Artillery collar badge - a flaming bomb with the word 'UBIQUE' on a scroll.



Not always and in the photo at the top he's wearing the Cannon badge. Exactly who wore the cannon and who wore the bomb is very vague and they can be seen worn side by side.

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pegasus-drive wrote:
Private Golightly wrote:
The badge worn in the field service cap was actually a Royal Artillery collar badge - a flaming bomb with the word 'UBIQUE' on a scroll.



Not always and in the photo at the top he's wearing the Cannon badge. Exactly who wore the cannon and who wore the bomb is very vague and they can be seen worn side by side.

Cheers
Frank


I always thought the 'Flaming Bomb' was worn by Officers on the FS cap...

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Portraying my great uncles....

Lance Bombardier Bryce R. Hollis 89 Bty, 35th LAA RA. Captured by Japanese on Java 8/3/42

1st Lt Delmore (Del) Meier, 314th TS, 31s TG, 9th USAAF. Flying C-47's from RAF Grove


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Adhollis88 wrote:
pegasus-drive wrote:
Private Golightly wrote:
The badge worn in the field service cap was actually a Royal Artillery collar badge - a flaming bomb with the word 'UBIQUE' on a scroll.



Not always and in the photo at the top he's wearing the Cannon badge. Exactly who wore the cannon and who wore the bomb is very vague and they can be seen worn side by side.

Cheers
Frank


I always thought the 'Flaming Bomb' was worn by Officers on the FS cap...


Officers tend to have the bomb in either bronze or wire emb but ORs wore both Bomb and Cannon badge.

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