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  1. The belt is dated 1918 not 1913. LCC made a ton of web equipment during WW1.
  2. Your belt was made for the 38 Cal revolver. It is not a model 1909 which was made for 45 Cal ammo. I cant give you the exact year but it would be something more like 1903. The saber ring indicates it was likely for mounted troops.
  3. Can anyone describe or post a picture of the first pattern of 1910 canteen cup. Is there any difference between the first pattern and any other WW1 era cup other than markings?
  4. the bayonet was made by Remington for the British Pattern 14 Rifle in .303. When the US entered the war this rifle with a few modifications became the US model 1917. I'm guessing that your bayonet was originally manufactured for the British, but taken over by the US before being shipped overseas. I am also guessing that the British marks now xxxed out were by one of their inspectors at the factory.
  5. MG Co 4 PA 21 would stand for Machine Gun Company of the 4th PA Infantry regiment, the 21st man on the company roster. This is most likely a pre WW1 national guard marking.
  6. AC 368 29 marking stands for Ambulance Company number 368 and 29th man on the company roster. as a point of interest, ambulance companies 365-368 were part of the 317th sanitary train which was part of the 92nd Division.
  7. I have always wondered if they were not originally intended for the BAR. I base that on the fact that there were action covers for the bolt action rifles(so they didn't need a full case) and the fact that the rifle cases, while not rare, do not seem to have been made in anything like the number of Springfield and Enfield rifles manufactured. A rifle case would have been a problem to carry when not over the rifle for soldiers in action...and that applies also to a BAR man who already had a ton of ammo to carry. I think that whatever the original idea was, the practical use for these cases was in garrison duty and maybe for rifle teams. I don't know if a sniper rifle with a scope would fit in one. They seem too long for the military shotguns of the time.
  8. I dont recall seeing many , if any, pictures of these cases being used overseas in WW1. What was their intended use?
  9. I googled 4th south dakota inf mexican border roster and found his name. He was from a town named Parker. This is the kind of tag that the national guard used just before ww1. Later a serial number would have appeared on the tag.
  10. I would read the front of the tag Cedric A Rice, Private, MG Co (machine gun company) 4th S D INF (4th South Dakota Infantry regiment which was a National Guard unit) and he was soldier number 29 on the company roster.
  11. It looks all original to me.....but as others have said, someone has cleaned it TOO much. The shell is British which is not unusual for 26th Div helmets. Each regiment of the division had their own distinct helmet insignia.
  12. I think that the best way to start out is to get a copy of the soldiers discharge or statement of service card and see if the insignia on the uniform match up. You need to study the units and know which divisions were broken up for replacements and which were not. Say you see a 33rd Div uniform. They would usually have two gold chevrons, but maybe the one you are looking at only has one. Chances are he came oversea late with a Division like the 86th that was broken up for replacements. if you have his record you can see that and if it is consistent you may have a good id. I would almost be worried about one where everything is named....because they usually were not. The gas mask bag usually was (a soldier didn't want to get another soldiers mask) and the helmet strap sometimes was. The men being discharged often got new uniforms on their way out the door so not much need to mark them just for the trip home. There just isn't any rule. A common uniform from a common division is less likely to be screwed with than say a USMC outfit. I liked WW1 Navy uniforms because they were all marked according to the regulations.
  13. Your pack and gear look great and putting the blanket in the pack is probably the way it was set up many times............but.......officially the blanket along with the shelter half and half of the tent pegs and one tent pole were all rolled together and strapped into what was called the pack carrier. The pack carrier was then strapped to the bottom the pack you have (haversack) using those slits cut into the bottom edge. It makes a rather long round pack which bends naturally where the cartridge belt is worn. The end of the blanket roll went up into the haversack about half way. The long flap with all the loops was rapped around rations and small items in the upper part of the pack. hard to describe and you may know this already. it took me a long time to figure out so now I want to tell everyone else how to do it.
  14. I found Pvt Monroe Suggs in the Supply Co of the 167th Inf on the passenger list for the troop transport Andania or maybe Andonia, outbound Nov 6,1917. Lists nearest relative as Fannie Suggs. Didn't find anything else.
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