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Article about: Does anyone have an opinion on this whistle? This belonged to my dads uncle who was in The Durham Light Infantry. He served in The Boer War and WW1, so it could be from either. We think its

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    Does anyone have an opinion on this whistle? This belonged to my dads uncle who was in The Durham Light Infantry. He served in The Boer War anClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	392241d WW1, so it could be from either. We think its probably Boer War but are we correct? Any ideas?

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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
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    Ned, you are the man.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thank you very much. How do you guys know where to find information so quickly.
    Pp

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    Quote by Trelawney View Post
    Thank you very much. How do you guys know where to find information so quickly.
    Pp
    It's always a race for bragging rights

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    I do not think Ned does this for (Bragging) rights. I have seen him help many people without even a Thanks from them.
    Good ID Ned!

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Quote by Eric Zentner View Post
    I do not think Ned does this for (Bragging) rights. I have seen him help many people without even a Thanks from them.
    Good ID Ned!

    Eric
    Chill, it was what is called a joke.

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    Whistles of this type were a feature of full dress uniform for officers of Rifle regiments (such as the Rifle Brigade, King's Royal Rifle Corps etc). They were mounted on the black leather shoulder belt, with the clasp on the left shoulder and the whistle at bottom right. A regimental badge was worn in the centre of the chest, like this:

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    The actual type of the "whistle and chain" (as it was called in Dress Regulations) was of regimental pattern, as illustrated in Ned's link. However, the regular Durham Light Infantry did not wear this type of accoutrement. There is one possibility that would make sense though, if your ancestor was actually a Territorial officer. The 2nd and 4th Volunteer Battalions of the DLI retained rifle-type uniforms for full dress right up to 1908, when they became the 6th and 8th Territorial Battalions respectively. If this is the case, he may have served with 1/6th or 1/8th Bn in WW1 and kept the whistle and chain as a souvenir of his Volunteer Force uniform. Both the 2nd and 4th Vol Bns sent men to the South African War, so this would also tally with your family information.

    If you know the name of the officer, I could look him up and tell you which battalion he served with.

    Rob

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