22 votes

What's the date of this army uniform?

The writing on the backside reads in my eyes as: Sir Walter Olivey KCB, 51 Blessingdon Road Note that I read a 'd' in "Blessingdon", not a 't' as in Blessington below: This gives us a ...
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What was the "high Commissioner of the Police in Scotland" in 1777?

The word 'police' is different in its meaning from the modern narrow definition we are likely to hold true for back then. In modern words: much more setting policy, thus mainly more legislative than ...
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Which superior officer did Princess Elizabeth II report to during her service as a junior officer in WW2?

During the period of her training, Elizabeth was under Junior Commander Violet Evelyn Wellesley (196395), who was commander of No. 1 Company, No. 1 Mechanical Transport Training Centre (Camberley), ...
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Why did the Balfour Declaration of 1926 and Statute of Westminster (1931) only deal with Dominions?

Was there really no consideration of granting India similar status, or at least similar responsibility / footing to Dominions? It was considered, actively debated at the political level, and the ...
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How did British people cope with damp/mould without central heating in the past?

The answer has not much to do with history, but needs deep-diving into structural engineering and interstitial condensation. The shortest and over-simplified version might be this from the Wikipedia ...
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How long has British women royals' solemn ceremonial dress included a sword?

Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, wore a Royal Navy uniform to the funeral in virtue of being an Admiral of the Royal Navy (since 2012, having previously been Rear Admiral since 1993 and Vice Admiral ...
6 votes

Did Ramsay Macdonald have a Vietnamese mistress living near Downing Street?

It seems that Ramsay MacDonald had several affairs, one of which was with a Viennese socialite - Frau Kristina Forster. This is according to a book review of "Former Panorama producer Andrew ...
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When in 1885 did Stafford Northcote cease to be Commons leader of the Conservatives?

From The London Gazette, Issue 25486 Page 3060, published 3 July 1885: Whitehall, July 2, 1885. The Queen has been pleased to direct Letters Patent to be passed under the Great Seal, granting the ...
5 votes

What was the Kanturk Massacre/Thernagree Affray?

There's very little on the web about this incident. Most of what I do know comes from the newspapers of the day; however, it is mentioned briefly in the Google Books preview of 'Riotous Assemblies: ...
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At the time of her death, were there any surviving witnesses to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II?

At the time of her death, were there any surviving witnesses to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II? ... (interested in actual witnesses, not TV/radio witness. Witnesses who witnessed with their own ...
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4 votes
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How long has British women royals' solemn ceremonial dress included a sword?

What appears to be missing from both question and answers is the fact that the Princess Royal is breaking ground for (royal) women. If anyone has seen older videos of the Remembrance Day services at ...
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Was Jerome K Jerome Vice President of the Oxford University Labour party?

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859-1927) An entry on him in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by Damian Atkinson, makes no mention whatever of Oxford University, nor is there any of the Labour Party,...
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Why did Lord Mountbatten shrink the timeline for the withdrawal of British troops from India?

This is an extremely contested question! By 1947, UK policy was to "quit India" on an aggressive timetable, even though many aspects of its future governance were not established - in ...
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How confusing was British currency compared to decimal currency circa 1850?

It wasn't in the least confusing to those of us who grew up with it. It's rather like asking how difficult do Germans find learning the German language.
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What British WW1 uniform is depicted on this photo from Taunton?

The local militaria shop owner is absolutely correct. It’s a 7-button home service undress frock as worn for smart working dress in barracks. The basic garment could have piping added in a variety ...
2 votes

What is the royal cypher printed on the UK budget box?

The new red box, as modelled by George Osborne in the OP's picture It appears to be Queen Elizabeth II's coronation monogram: https://i.ucoin.net/coin/2/482/2482448-2/guernsey-50-pence-2003.jpg ...
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Where and why did the colourful houses of Bristol start?

There is no definitive answer to this, all there are is theories. Theory 1 One theory is that sailors returning from sea painted their houses for maratime purposes. Bristol247 One is linked to ...
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What was the process to join the army in WW2 England?

In the early days of the war, it was possible to just try to join up. Thomas Firbanks' memoir I bought a Star includes his experiences of joining the Coldstream Guards as an officer. This was ...
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What uniform is in this picture?

I concur with most of the above but would add that the private soldier shown is a member of Prince Albert’s (Somersetshire Light Infantry) and wearing an unlined 5-button India Pattern frock (loose ...
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Is it correct to refer the Victorian Era outside of the UK?

As both an American and an Architect, I can agree that "Victorian" is used to describe objects, designs, ideas, and themes (especially in literature) which became prevalent during the "...

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