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USVM, thanks for the possible ID on the army officer in white collar insignia.

 

Have you, or anyone else, ever seem the 'cross of St. John' insignia being worn during the WW I era?

 

This is a first for me, but I've learned, that when it comes to WW I insignia combinations, to never say "never", and to never say "always" when something obsolete or unexpected shows up in a photo or on a uniform.

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A rare photograph of the khaki cotton service dress being worn in the AEF. Khaki cotton service dress was not an article of equipment that was adopted by the AEF. Thus, it was seldom seen being worn in Europe. This is only the third or fourth image of a Doughboy wearing cotton service dress that I have ever come across.

 

Louis E. (or F.) Jhonson was written at the bottom of this French "Carte Postale". Can anybody find out what outfit Johnson served with in the AEF?

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The obligatory training camp photograph of recruits wearing the American made CE (corrected English) Small Box Respirator.

 

The man at whom the arrow is pointed is named on the photo as V.H. Robertson. Can anybody find any information on him?

 

Hi WWINerd!

 

Happy to see you won that photo, I was going to send you a link to it but got busy and forgot. It's a great photo, the masks are very early (you'll notice the masks lack the guards at the mouthpiece, and the bag strap has the adjustment stud used with the leather 'alert' tab). I do not recall his full name, but another copy (not the same one sold) of this photo was on his findagrave page (with I think one more WWI photo of him). I think his first name was Vernon or Virgil, but I would have to look to see.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Nice work, RC. Here's the other image of Virgil H. Robertson (minus the gas mask) that was posted on the above link. Note the "Battery B or D stencil on the crate behind Virgil. It indicates that he was in an artillery regiment, but which one?

 

Photo courtesy of the Fek Neim collection

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Brian, you beat me out on that gasmask shot.

 

Here's Virgle (noted as "Carl"), acting as loader from his time in Germany. Same seller...

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And his service card, he was gassed in October. Virgle was the only Robertson in the 9th that I can find.

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The obligatory training camp photograph of recruits wearing the American made CE (corrected English) Small Box Respirator.

 

The man at whom the arrow is pointed is named on the photo as V.H. Robertson. Can anybody find any information on him?

 

world war I nerd, Are they wearing reinforced breeches? There is a Victor H. Robertson who served in the 151st Artillery Brigade Headquarters.

 

There is also a Vergil (spelled with an "e") H. in Battery D, 81st FA.

 

 

Ooops, just noticed this was already answered!

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Nice work, RC. Here's the other image of Virgil H. Robertson (minus the gas mask) that was posted on the above link. Note the "Battery B or D stencil on the crate behind Virgil. It indicates that he was in an artillery regiment, but which one?

 

Photo courtesy of the Fek Neim collection

 

 

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Austin, Erik & RC, thanks for the additional info regarding Virgil Robertson ... It's much appreciated.

 

Austin, perhaps Virgil and Carl were cousins serving in different divisions? The possible relationship, and same home town, likely explains how both photos (with the same hand writing) ended up in the same family photo album.

 

An unnamed private from Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment wearing his 1902 Dress Uniform circa 1915.

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