Cap Badges from 1st WW identification.

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Is there anywhere, on or off this site, where I can post a slightly fuzzy pic of someone in British army uniform in 1918  so that possibly the regiment can be identified from the cap badge?

Any advice would be welcome.
WikiTree profile: Bertie Hope
in WikiTree Help by Sal Davies G2G3 (4.0k points)

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Best answer
If they have a wikitree profile, add the image to it.  If they don't, set one up and add image.  Then edit your question to add a link to the profile.  And maybe add your question as a comment on the image in the profile.

Aside from that there are a lot of Great War / World War I forums with keen participants that like this kind of identification challenge.

Good luck.
by Anonymous Rocca G2G6 Mach 5 (50.3k points)
selected by Sal Davies
Thanks so much Santino, will try that.
OK, done!.
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It is fuzzy, but there is a collection of cap badges on Pinterest, and one might be close but it isn’t identified.

And... there is a book that apparently has loads of them pictured. $27.

About “British Army Cap Badges of the First World War”

For the British army, the cap badge is the most easily identifiable form of insignia. It represents a distillation of the pride of the regiment, its various battle honours and symbols borne proudly on the metallic emblem that was worn on all head dress, even within the trenches. Identification of the cap badge on old photographs is the first, important step in unravelling the military service of an individual. Cap badge collecting is as popular now as it has ever been; yet with a growing number of fakes and forgeries, there is a need for a book that illustrates clearly the main types, and allows the collector and family historian alike to understand their meaning.

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Many thanks for this information Pip. I will look at the Pintrest collection - just wish my pic were clearer!
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Might be the Middlesex Regiment.
by Steve Hunt G2G6 Mach 2 (23.1k points)
Grace L M Piggott married Bertram L Hirsch in Q1 1912 in the District of Southwark (
Yes, it does look like Middlesex Regiment. Fits with the marriage location. Definitely not the Northumberland Fusiliers cap badge.
You were right in both cases Steve. I took Santino's suggestion and tried a Great War Forum.  They found the entire answer to the mystery. Hirsch  married as Hirsch and  some years later changed his name by deed poll to Hope in 1918.  He was in the Middlesex Regiment Labour Corps as his father was a naturalised German.  So thanks for the pointers. This has been a brick wall for years. Now I know what its like to break through one - and so appreciate all the help.
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Another resource I refer to is The British and Commonwealth Military Badge Forum.  They seem to have a comprehensive listing of badges.
by Elgin Smith G2G5 (5.4k points)
Many thanks for this resource  Elgin.

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