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Krystyna

Uniform (women) WW1

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Please could someone identify the insignia which is on her left sleeve?  She was called Jessie Brunton (1889-1974) and the photo was found after her death so we couldn't ask her.  I didn't think women wore army uniforms except perhaps for First Aid Nursing Yeomanry?  Thank you all so much for reading this!

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Hello Krystyna
Welcome to the Forum - I hope you find it interesting.
I suspect that she has borrowed someone's uniform, belonging to a male friend or family member, simply for the photograph. I think that the arm badge is a Regimental Sergent Major's (Warrant Officer 1) Coat of Arms rank badge. WO's also wore Sam Browne belts.
Unfortunately, I cannot make out the cap badge due to the quality of the photograph. If you have the original photo, it may be worth re-scanning and enlarging the cap area as this may help in the identification of the Regiment.
I have also had a quick look in the WW1 Medal Rolls but I cannot see any "Jessie Brunton"s serving abroad during the war.

Hope this helps

Sepoy
 

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This is really interesting. I've seen quite a few pictures from WW2 where women dressed up in their boyfriend's uniforms, but this is the first I've seen from WW1. 

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Here's another one for you ^_^

 

My Great Aunt and her brother, my Great Uncle around 1919

Rose and Harry Shakespeare 1919.jpeg

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ID: 5   Posted (edited)

Bardess's image makes a good point.  Such photos are not that uncommon and quite a number have been posted here in the forum over the years.

It was also a cultural tradition in both, Prussia and Russia for

 young women of high birth to be photographed in specially tailored uniforms of regiments with which they were directly associated, rather as a form of mascot. Many of these photos were published in newspapers of the time and thus brought to the attention and consciousness of the British masses.

Edited by FROGSMILE

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Thank you so much for all you replies!  I expect she did use someone's uniform as no one in the family knew anything about it until after she died.  To be honest I don't think it's a nice thing to do, what's the point anyway?!  I am going to enjoy this site as I have uncovered a lot of ancestors and close cousins who won Military Medals in WW2.  I haven't quite got used to the site yet and how to reply to individuals!  I'm getting there though!

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