|The R.N.D was formed from sailors of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve who were trained and fought as infantry. At first they retained the Naval uniform and cap as shown here. His cap tally which would normally be the name of a ship reads- ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION.|
Five battalions were formed each named after a famous Admiral Anson,Drake, Hawke, Hood & Nelson.
All were in the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.
Leading Seaman RND- Anson Battalion
In May 1916 the Royal Naval Division changed their Naval uniform for for Army Service dress. This leading seaman wears a brass Anson battalion badge on an Army style cap. However on his left arm he wears the Royal Navy red anchor Leading Seaman rank badge ,with its Army equivalent, corporal stripes, on his right. Beneath his shoulder seam is the rectangular dark blue over light blue patch worn by the Anson Bn.
This sailor has three wound stripes on his cuff which indicates not simply three wounds but a wound in three separate actions.
Inscribed on the front : yours Inscribed on the back:I'm still waiting
L/S Anson Bn Estimate:from the cap style 1917