My great grandfather disappeared in 1930 and the only record I have of him is these photos. He fathered my grandmother in 1914 in Australia and had a second family in the late 1920's. I have only just discovered his second family via ancestry DNA testing. His grand daughter provided me with the photos. I can tell that he's a musician but I don't know what branch of the services he was in. I can only assume that it's a US uniform as it appears to resemble a First World War uniform.enter image description here

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    Based on the lyre arm band and US on the collar, he was a bandsman in the Regular Army..
    – Semaphore
    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:21
  • Any idea of what period this might be? Particularly if it's pre or post 1930? Jan 22, 2018 at 12:17
  • If I read the collar device right, between 1910 and 1937. After 1937 it became U.S., I believe.
    – Semaphore
    Jan 22, 2018 at 13:12
  • what are the wraps called that are on the soldiers legs Mar 16 at 21:32
  • @peggymiller See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puttee Mar 16 at 22:35

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There's not much that can be said that hasn't already.

That's the uniform of a enlisted United States Army "doughboy". The uniform dates from between the first and second world wars.

Doughboy 1918

The insignia is that of the US Army Band.

US Army Band Leader Insignia 1930s

Note: The above insignia is "band leader". I assume the star above is the reserved for band leader.

That's as much as I can get without more details. I recommend you make a request to the US National Archives, you should be able to get details about your great grandfather.

  • Thanks very much for all of your help. I have discovered that he had another family in the US which means I now have more cousins. I'll try through army records to see what info they have on him, assuming he didn't change his name. Jan 23, 2018 at 21:31

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