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Posted 6 years ago


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I used to be a huge collector of WW1 memories. Unfortunately my hubby did not share my passion and I decided to pare down on my collection. I did keep a number of pieces, this photo being one of them. I believe it is soldiers heading out. There are a number of you CW fans that have amazed me by finding all the clues (via uniforms, buttons, guns etc) to narrow down or id these photos. What do you see here? I would love to know more about this photo!


  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    The guy on the left has a circular specialty patch on his shirt-- not enough details to tell what it is.

    I really like the string to make a sling for the blanket rolls!

    The train marking in chalk looks like it is for "Headquarters", but no further designation visible.

    To me this image looks more like a pre-war shot-- more of an overall feel than anything else!

    Just like the other, if easily removed from the frame, there may be more information on the back.

  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Never saw that Headquarters chalk writing! Honestly if it was a snake...
    This one is glued to the backing. I did pull it out of its old frame for the photo.
    Pre-war...interesting. Wonder if I can get a better shot of the patch. We are having a big snowstorm here, so the light is now gone. Let me see what I can do...
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It may be a coxswain in the Coastal Artillery Corps (CAC):

  4. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
    I agree with scott that the "feel" of the photo isn't after the US entry in WWI - but by the wear of the collar insignia it's not earlier than 1910. I would guess - and I do mean guess - it's about the time of the punitive expedition against Panch Villa in 1916
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Chrisnp and Scott, I bow to your expertise, thank you. Didn't get a chance to focus on that patch but will try and do so after work today. I always thought it was odd that they didn't really have any gear on, aside from the blanket. Yes we are getting on a train, but you would think that there would be something more....
    Chrisnp, I also posted a trench photo, take a look when you get a chance. Thanks!!!
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Thank you for the love and stopping to take a look!
  7. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 6 years ago
    is it possibly a "wagoneer" patch insignia??
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I think you've got it tlmbaran. I looked again and the "spokes" don't appear to extend beyond the outer wheel.

  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Had the seven year old look at under magnifying glass and describe what she sees. "it is a circle with four sticks in it. It looks like a wheel but the sticks don't go all the way through."
    If that matches the wagoneer idea...what does that mean exactly? These are the transport guys? (taking a train, ironic).
    Thanks again for looking at all the clues!
  10. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 6 years ago
    A wagoneer would be much like a truck driver today. Wagoneers were a major part of the US Army logistics team getting ammo & supplies to where they needed to be for the troops in the front....or the traing base, etc....
  11. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 6 years ago
    hence why they are by a train...perhaps loading & unloading supplies....

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