Can anyone tell me anything about the uniform?

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Hi, this is my paternal grandfather.  I'm interested to learn anything about the uniform he's wearing.  Thanks.
WikiTree profile: Jack Pope
in Photos by Angela Perry G2G Rookie (250 points)
Angela, we only have access to the thumbnail, so it's difficult to make out. Could you post the picture here so we can see it better? Thanks!
It looks English military,Look in Forces War Records.

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Hi Angela Jack's uniform looks like a British Military Police uniform in which he is a corporal.
Oops, didn't realise.  I've fixed it now.  Thanks.

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Angela, the only soldier I've seen with a scruffier uniform than your grandfather's is my grandfather's! <s> He could never have got away with it in the Military Police Corps. Plus I don't recall ever seeing a redcap (so-called because when on duty a red cover is worn on the cap) who had less than two stripes! The single stripe indicates the rank of lance-corporal or lance-bombadier in units other than the MPs.
But the white webbing (belt, gaiters, etc) does suggest a police function within his unit, whatever that was. The cap badge would reveal his corps or regiment, if only it could be enlarged sufficiently.
Wikipedia has a picture of the current badge of the Royal Military Police, which is different from your grandfather's. Good luck in your search.
by Tony Pope G2G1 (1.3k points)
selected by Peggy McReynolds
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I have looked at your profile, and also the uniform that Jack has on. I am sorry that I cannot help you.

He looks like he is either in the military, as there is a single line on his arm - which here in the states signifies a sergeant (I believe).

But when I look at his hat, I see a badge. Not being familiar with English, but the United States - that would signify the Police Force.

Sorry I can't help you.  Great picture though.
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Here in the States, one stripe is a private. But I think you’re closer to the truth thinking is looks more like a police uniform.

I agree with Pip,  one stripe on the arm is a private first class in the U.S....... just looked on internet and it said Lance Corporal for British Army.   (Thanks Tony Pope,  I hate being wrong again!)    Also, in the past  the Military Police in the U.S. would wear the white strap around the waist,  that also sends one band diagonally up over the shoulder.... as Alan Channon mentioned earlier.

Just an army brat's opinion.  (My job growing up was to put my father's brass on his uniform.)

Jack looks so proud in this photo,  I bet he retired above private!   

Love the photo. 

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I think it is a (British) Royal; Military Police Uniform circa 1940's .. 

C'est Bon .. 

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by Gerald Baraboo G2G6 Pilot (937k points)

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