Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

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Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

Postby thorfinn » 06 Jan 2017 05:32

Hello,
I would like to identify the British Army Regiment in the attached photograph.
My grandfather Michael Tighe(Moore was the name he used to enlist) who was born (1886) and raised in Dublin Ireland, went to England and joined the army at 15 yrs of age(1901) by misrepresenting himself as a 17 yr old. He spent several years in India & Egypt.
The photograph was taken on April 12 1905 at Saint Joseph's Chapel in Cairo Egypt as written on the back of the photo.
He is the middle soldier in the top row wearing no belt. He appears to be wearing an unlined older style jacket (perhaps it was still in use in India). Legend has it that he was the regimental boxing champion, and also he was a sergeant who was busted down for a drinking related offense. But not sure of the timeline.
Thanks for your assistance
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Re: Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

Postby crimea1854 » 10 Feb 2017 18:02

Rather difficult to see, even when zooming in to the maximum on my computer, but the collar dog looks to be a flaming grenade, which for my money would make him Royal Artillery.

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Re: Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

Postby Frogsmile » 10 Feb 2017 20:32

He is wearing a 5-button foreign service, unlined scarlet serge frock with white trefoil cuff knot. A grenade collar badge (the exact same pattern as Royal Artillery) was required to be worn by all fusilier regiments after 1905. I think he is lance corporal in a fusilier regiment.

In 1905-07 the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was based in Egypt, with its HQ and some companies in Cairo. In 1907 the battalion was presented with new 'Colours' (regimental banners decorated with honours) in Alexandria. From 1910 to 1915 the battalion was in India, initially at Ahmadnagar and then Madras. The regiment was to all intents and purposes a Roman Catholic one with its regimental chaplain from that faith. You can learn about the regiment here:

1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers
2. https://web.archive.org/web/20051226144 ... 2Dubln.htm
3. http://royaldublinfusiliers.com

I have an acquaintance (living in Dublin) who researches men of the regiment in his spare time and will pass you his contact details in due course.
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Re: Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

Postby thorfinn » 23 Feb 2017 20:46

Thank you for your detailed response. If I learn of any other related information
I will be sure to post it.
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Re: Identify Army Unit Cairo Egypt 1905

Postby Frogsmile » 24 Feb 2017 14:29

thorfinn wrote:Thank you for your detailed response. If I learn of any other related information
I will be sure to post it.


Glad to help. Note that standing far right is a man from the same regiment, but wearing the then standard undress head gear called a 'Brodrick' cap ( it was very unpopular because of its 'sailor hat' appearance and not in service for very long). He happens to have the role of a pioneer, marked out by crossed axes on his right upper arm.
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