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Postcard Portraits

from the studio of George Morrison, Portobello

Detail from a Postcard from Morriso's Studio, Portobello  -  Soldier and Mascot

Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and Soldier  -  which regiment?         Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?      Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 3 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

 

QUESTION

Archie Foley, who sent the photos above, asks:

"Can anybody identify the regiments that the soldiers belonged to?"

If you can answer this question, please e-mail me.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs

 

ANSWER

1

Thank you to Phil Wilson who wrote:

Cap Badges

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"I've been looking at cap badges on this Military Badges web site, and the nearest I can spot so far is the 'King's Own Scottish Borderers' (basically a rounded square with a prominent piece sticking out at the top edge).

Maybe I'm wrong though."

 

 

ANSWER

2

Thank you to Keith Aitchison for replying.  Keith, formerly of West Fountain Place, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh and now living in Selby, North Yorkshire wrote:

Regiment

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"I believe that I have identified the regiment to which the soldiers belong - the King's Own Scottish Borderers.  This regiment has just merged with the Royal Scots (the  "traditional" Edinburgh regiment).

My uncle did his national service in the early sixties with them. The regiment recruited along the border and Dumfriesshire, and, contrary to popular myth, did not like being called "kosbies", as this was a swear word in Urdu!.

Cap Badges

The soldier on the right has signaller proficiency badge, I think the one on the left has 'mg', which would mean he was a machine gun operator - possibly this would only first be awarded around late 1915."

Keith Aitchison:  Selby, North Yorkshire, England May 25, 2006

 

 

ANSWER

3

Thank you to John Duncan of Newtongrange, Midlothian, for asking for comments from others with an interest in Word War I.

John then replied:

Kings Own Scottish Borderers

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"I have had some replies back it would appear that two of the photographs, the group ones, are men from the Kings Own Scottish Borderers with the cross flags of a signaller and the cross rifles of a marksman in evidence."

Army Service Corps

"The man sitting on his own with child is a member of the Army Service Corps."

"They are great photographs and a real source of information to us WW1 buffs."

John Duncan, Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland:  September 19, 2006

 

 

ANSWER

4

Thank you to Charmaine Brown who replied:

Army Service Corps

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"The badge on the soldiers cap looks similar to my granddads.  He was in the Army Service Corps during World War 1."

Edinburgh Castle

"If this gentleman or his family want to find out, like I did  they should contact or go to Edinburgh castle to hopefully find out more."

Charmaine Brown, January 14, 2007

 

 

ANSWER

5

Thank you to Peter Scally who wrote:

KOSB

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"The Regiment your boys are in is the King's Own Scottish Borderers."

Peter Scally:  February 20, 2010

I assume that Peter's comment, above, refers to the group photos that John Duncan mentions in his 'Comment 3' above.

Peter Stubbs:  March 14, 2010

 

 

ANSWER

6

Thank you to Benny Bough for also confirming that these soldiers were in the King's Own Scottish Borders Regiment.

Benny added:

Crossed Flags

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

"The soldier on the right wears the crossed flags on his arm showing he is a signaller so possibly the other soldier is also.

The child would be a bugler or drummer."

Benny Bough:  November 11, 2012

 

 

ANSWER

7

Thank you to Benny Bough writing again and telling me more about the three soldiers in the King's Own Scottish Borders Regiment.

Benny wrote:

Rank and Glance ...

"'For my Reply 6 above, I found the answer about the signaller in an old book, published around 1916-17.  It shows the 'Markings for the Arm' in the British Army.  The title of the book is:

'Rank at a Glance in the Army and Navy'

Signaller and Gunner

"The soldier on the right of this photo is the signaller:

    Detail from a Postcard Portrait from Morrison's Studio, Portobello  -  Mascot and 2 Soldiers  -  which regiment?

On looking closer, it appears the soldier on the left is most likely to be a gunner according to the Rank Scans.  He has a wreath with what looks like a letter G above it."

Benny Bough:  November 27, 2012 (2 emails)

 

Rank and Glance ...

To see illustrations from the 'book that Benny Bough refers to above, please click on the link below.

It should take you to a page on the Empire to Commonwealth web site.

 

George Morrison:       Details       Thumbnails

Military Uniforms

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks