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#1 mhifle

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

Hi,
I have just managed to get a picture of my Great Grandfather and I am trying to work out when it was likely to have been taken.

No.5/1105 Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney, Connaught Rangers and his wife Mabel.

He was discharged after having claimed his discharge under Para 392 Class (xxiii) Kings Regulations 4 June 1913 at Boyle, having served 25 years and 112 days, as No.2824 Colour Sergeant John Heaney.

He re enlisted on 1 Oct 1914, promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant and posted to the 5th Battalion.

I was wondering if this was taken in 1914 after he had re enlisted or later in the war?

Regards Mark

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 04:19 PM

A fine picture Mark and a pity that no one has suggested a date. Do you know where the picture was taken?

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:28 PM

Hi John,
I think it was taken in Castlebar

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:51 PM

The crown above three chevrons would indicate Colour Serjeant or Company Quartermaster Serjeant or Orderly Room Serjeant up to mid 1915 or thereabouts. After that there were changes when the appointment of WO2 was introduced and some Colour Serjeants became Company Serjeants Major. The insignia for CSM, CQMS, ORS was a crown worn on the forearm. The RSM wore a crown in a wreath. Later on the RSM insignia was changed to the Royal coat of arms and CQMS wore the crown in a wreath.
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:48 PM

Hi John,
I think it was taken in Castlebar

Mark



If taken in Castlebar, Co. Mayo it was no doubt taken by a certain Mr. Wynne

whose family ran a very successful Newsagents / Grocery business / Photographic Emporium.

He (and later one of his daughters) was responsible for taking many fine pictures of the British Military in Castlebar and surrounding locations as well as pictures of the local gentry.

The family still run the newsagents on the Main Street, to this very day.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:42 AM

Hi,
Thanks for that information.

I think it was taken in 1914.

Regards Mark