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73RD Sgts

Postby ronmarsden » 31 Aug 2017 14:35

Vellum marriage certificate dated 25th Sept 1829 between John Roberts Hospital Sgt 73rd Regiment & Letitia Gibbons spinster, both residing in the Gibraltar Garrison. A further date at the bottom 23rd November 1829. The 73rd left Gib for Malta in December 1829.
Along with this certificate came a small 2x1 inch gilt bullion 4 chevron badge. Would this have been worn by a Hospital Sgt?
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby Frogsmile » 31 Aug 2017 15:00

Ron, the photo you have posted shows a group of WW1 Territorial Force soldiers, one of whom has signed up to an overseas commitment rather than the usual home defence only and so wears the Imperial service tablet above his breast pocket.

Hospital Sergeants were an 'appointment' on the Battalion staff and so categorised as staff sergeants (of the 3rd class), but their rank badge was that of a sergeant, albeit with some extra lace to their tunics/doublets to mark their superior status. Only the two, 1st Class staff sergeants had 4-chevrons in 1829, the sergeant major (with crown above) and the quarter-master sergeant.

As Highlanders, the badge of rank was worn on both upper arms. Your 4-bar chevron suggests he was later a QMS.
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby ronmarsden » 31 Aug 2017 15:02

Sorry frogsmile, changed from photobucket to Imgur got confused.
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby Frogsmile » 31 Aug 2017 15:11

ronmarsden wrote:Sorry frogsmile, changed from photobucket to Imgur got confused.


You just need to create a copy of the photo where the picture at its widest point is no larger than 700 pixels and the forum's image uploading function will work.
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby ronmarsden » 31 Aug 2017 15:36

If you turn them upside down could be Drum Major or Pipe Major?
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby Frogsmile » 31 Aug 2017 15:56

ronmarsden wrote:If you turn them upside down could be Drum Major or Pipe Major?


No, because at that early time the drum and pipe major had double width white chevrons.
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby ronmarsden » 31 Aug 2017 16:02

Thanks so all I need now is a George IV style crown to match the stripes.
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Re: 73RD Sgts

Postby Frogsmile » 31 Aug 2017 20:56

ronmarsden wrote:Thanks so all I need now is a George IV style crown to match the stripes.
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If you wish to represent a sergeant major, yes.
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