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Span-Am Provost Guard.

 

Notation on reverse:

 

"Oliver Jones Co. C 2nd (illegible) Inf. and

Preston Davis Co. B 2nd (illegible) Inf. Provost Guard.

Property of Oliver Jones.

Keep this for me. We were always together in tight places.

 

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Riley's collar disc - crossed rifles below what?

World War I Nerd - I think I have the answer. This man is a member of a Home Guard unit.

The collar disk is CG above the crossed rifles and in very small letters below the rifles

is "EMERGENCY PATROLMAN". The CG stands for CITY GUARD. These CG disks

show up on eBay from time to time listed as Coast Guard because Scipio listed it in his

book as Coast Guard, but with a question mark. There was no standardization to the designation

of Home Guard units. For example the Home Guard unit in Waterbury, Conn. were named

City Guard. I have photos of Waterbury City Guard which I will attempt to post, if I can get

the re-sizing tool to work???? I also have a CG collar disk which I'll attempt to post.

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World War I Nerd - I think I have the answer. This man is a member of a Home Guard unit.

The collar disk is CG above the crossed rifles and in very small letters below the rifles

is "EMERGENCY PATROLMAN". The CG stands for CITY GUARD. These CG disks

show up on eBay from time to time listed as Coast Guard because Scipio listed it in his

book as Coast Guard, but with a question mark. There was no standardization to the designation

of Home Guard units. For example the Home Guard unit in Waterbury, Conn. were named

City Guard. I have photos of Waterbury City Guard which I will attempt to post, if I can get

the re-sizing tool to work???? I also have a CG collar disk which I'll attempt to post.

 

World War I Nerd - I posted one photo of a Waterbury City Guard in the WWI MPs with batons thread.

It wasn't a full standing view. I had another photo, but the re-size tool didn't work on it????

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MP25, I had a hunch that that guy may have been a member of a Home Guard unit, but I never would have guessed that the letters "CG" on his collar disc represented City Guard … Thanks so much for bringing that information to light. That's one of the greatest and frustrating things about studying the uniforms, equipment & insignia used by the U.S. Army during the Great War … No matter how much you think you know, there's always, and I mean ALWAYS, something new to learn.

 

The initials and numeral, "M1stE", are embroidered on his cap. Based on that he's likely a member of the 1st Regiment of a Maine National Guard outfit. But whether that regiment is infantry, artillery or something else, I can't say

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It's kind of ironic that even back then, guys were photo-bombing or spoiling a photograph as a prank. If you look closely at the above photo, three men are lurking underneath the tent in the background -two of whom are proudly saluting the photographer with what I'm assuming are beer bottles.

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I'm really happy about this image. I finally found a decent photo of an AEF veteran wearing a British 1902 pattern Service jacket.

 

Loads of these were purchased by the AEF and issued to Doughboys Over There, but they rarely show up in period photographs.

 

This one is complete with rank insignia, service chevrons and regulation bronze eagle buttons. It's a shame that no collar discs are visible.

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