Here is possibly the most important photo in my collection... it is a fabulous shot of a Coldstream Guard Private in around 1916. He is wearing a 1902 pattern other ranks service dress cap. This style of cap was issued 16th March 1905, this exact style/model though I believe dates to 1915. This Guardsman joined at the tail end of 1914, served in France and Flanders through until 1917, when at Bourlon Wood during the Cambrai offensive he was wounded (he lost part of his face and an eye to shrapnel), he was discharged in 1919. I said it was the most important photo in my collection, this is because it’s the only picture I have of my Great Grandfather (and I still have the badge in the picture too). 😊
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Photo 1 of 3: Dob-dobs “monk policemen”. Lhasa 1938.
Dob-dobs exist in big Gelug monasteries in Tibet. They are known for their physical strength and courage. They sort of acted like monastery police. They help maintain order during religious festivals and large prayer gatherings.
Photo 2 of 3: Dob-dobs outside the Jokhang Temple during religious festival. Lhasa, Tibet. 1937. Photographed by Hugh E. Richardson.
Dob-dobs are commonly armed with poplar trunk and usually handle crowd by means of birch whips. They have all sorts of jobs: playing musical instruments at festivals; as monastery police, as bodyguards to monastic officials on their travels; they may even hire themselves to lay officials as traveling escorts.
Photo 3 of 3: Dob-dobs. Choni, Tibet.
Photographed by Joseph F. Rock. Source: National Geographic Society Magazine. Issue: November 1928.
Dob-dobs could be recognized by the special way they wore their monk’s dress. The skirt part of it was longer than usual, but they kept it kilted up rather higher than the ordinary monks. They often blackened their faces round the eyes to make themselves look fierce. Round their bare right arm, just above the elbow, they always tied a red silk scarf, and they usually had a big, heavy key hanging from their girdle not so much for use as for a weapon.
Description source: José Ignacio Cabezón and Tibetan Himalayan Library.
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