OLD MAN IN UNIFORM ERROR (3 threads merged)

#7
This walting is a strange business, to the best of my knowledge the first recorded instance was some bint in Oz going by the name of Matilda.
 

Seadog

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#10
Three threads merged.

Hardly the Adolf Eichmann of walticide. If he was a senior officer in the Merchant Navy, then 3 rings would be appropriate. The RN doesn't own the rights to the dimensions, colour and curl. His buttons don't appear to be RN and may be generic MN or former employer's house style. Of his cap, only the badge is wrong, the generic (UK) MN cap badge being only subtley different from the RN one he is wearing. The RN don't hold the rights to white caps. Milkmen wear them.

Medals, I don't know.

Breast pocket handkerchief with medals however is a hanging offence. Tsk!
 
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#14
Agreed on the Silver & Golden Jubilee medals, but the one inboard of those should be junior to them, QE2 Coronation medal perhaps? That outboard one looks very "Merchy", not sure if they got Jubilee medals, so perhaps he is entitled to them. (I am still against him wearing the rank though).
 
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#15
I think on the original newspaper article it said he was wearing the reserve forces medal, I think thats the green ribbon, the other one looks like diamond jubilee. At least he's not wearing un-earned gallantry or campaign medals though.
 

Seaweed

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#17
He's wearing an RN cap badge.

A Mercantile Marine Medal was dished out after WW1. In WW2 Merch would have been eligible for theatre medals - Atlantic Star etc.
 

Seadog

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#18
The blurb says he was something to do with the SCC. No need to be RNR(SCC) for that but may still be entitled to Jubilee gongs. MN are eligible for campaign medals and RN and civilian list decorations. Curls are, I believe, are connected to officers of companies who ran Royal Mail Ships back in the day. Coastguard officers wear curls as did Customs Officers. Holland America Officers wear them, British and cloggies......the list goes on.

This old boy is not causing me any offence. I speak as someone who was once mistaken for a Fire Brigade Officer while in the offices of another Government Department. Naval Uniform is anything but exclusive. Turn off the engine and step away from the bus.
 
#19
The blurb says he was something to do with the SCC. No need to be RNR(SCC) for that but may still be entitled to Jubilee gongs. MN are eligible for campaign medals and RN and civilian list decorations. Curls are, I believe, are connected to officers of companies who ran Royal Mail Ships back in the day. Coastguard officers wear curls as did Customs Officers. Holland America Officers wear them, British and cloggies......the list goes on.

This old boy is not causing me any offence. I speak as someone who was once mistaken for a Fire Brigade Officer while in the offices of another Government Department. Naval Uniform is anything but exclusive. Turn off the engine and step away from the bus.
I was once mistaken for Robert Redford.
 

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