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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 1st June, 2013)

Boer War Memorial Service

Boer War Memorial Service
Taken at Mesnes Park last Sunday.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone 4)
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Comment by: Lizzie down under on 1st June 2013 at 01:36

What a smart turn out.....nice shiny shoes....and the reds of the caps really complement the uniform colour...this one for my album Brian.....cheers!!!!

Comment by: David Fairclough on 1st June 2013 at 04:00

Interesting Brian
Can anyone tell me why the officers at the front are wearing brown shoes and the others black

Comment by: Harry C. on 1st June 2013 at 09:10

Very smart photo Brian. I was there this week with my son and family trying to describe the soldier that is missing, then I saw the wreath, second from the left with a photo of it in the centre, it's time it was replaced. H.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 1st June 2013 at 09:47

Harry there a few pics of the statue on the site under PLACES Mesnes Park.

Comment by: Harry C. on 1st June 2013 at 12:28

Thanks Ron I will pass it on. H.

Comment by: Maggie K on 1st June 2013 at 14:00

Is the statue going back - why was it taken down and then 'lost'?

Comment by: Kath Pressey on 1st June 2013 at 15:44

as a child i always thought the statue was William Tell. sad that it was a target for vandalism but good to see that the soldiers of the Boer War are not forgotten

Comment by: percy on 1st June 2013 at 18:12

officers shoes are brown because they are always kicking our backsides

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 1st June 2013 at 21:21

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A878024

"British Army boots, otherwise known as ammunition boots, have always been traditionally black, however, during the reforms of 1908, brown boots were recommended as better camouflage, although 'best' boots were still black. The Field Army of 1914 was issued with two pairs, one black and one brown, both of which were carried on active service. Sadly, from 1914, only black polish was provided for use in the field and because of production issues, the brown boot was discontinued. Officers, on the other hand bought their own footwear and polish and still wear brown shoes with Service Dress."

Comment by: David Fairclough on 2nd June 2013 at 02:08

Thank you Neil

Comment by: G Taylor on 11th July 2013 at 15:51

These are members of the Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry (TA) based at Woodhouse Lane, Wigan

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