British Military Uniform Identification Service

There is general advice about researching military photographs in my Chapter entitled 'Identification & Dating Military Uniforms' which appeared in FAMILY HISTORY IN FOCUS, edited by Don Steel & Lawrence Taylor. Published by Lutterworth Press 1984

See also my articles 'A Brief Guide to the Identification & Dating of British Military Photographs', which appeared in FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY magazine, issue dated February 2001 and 'Identification and Dating British Military Uniforms', which appeared in FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY HANDBOOK 6th Edition, Published by The Genealogical Services Directory 2002

I can offer an advice and identification service on military photographs, items of military uniform, i.e. head-dress, tunics etc, belts, cap badges, collar badges, shoulder badges, Cloth badges, buttons and insignia of the British Army and Air Force.

Firing Squad, Light Company 25th Regiment of Foot (King's Own Borderers) c.1855


Private Humphreys, Bandboy 15th (East Yorkshire) Regiment, Londonderry 1882


The charges are 5.00 per photographic print to be identified, with the copy print to be retained by myself for future reference.

However if there are a number of items to be checked then a discounted rate could be offered.



Group, 5th (Territorial) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment c.1910

Private, 2nd Volunteer Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment c.1907

6th (Rifle) Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment c.1910

Unidentified Officers, 10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment, taken at a Training Camp in Rhyl, North Wales 1908


Colour Party, 10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment, Royal Visit to Liverpool 1911

Arrival of 10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment, Tunbridge Wells Railway Station 1914

Whilst I am prepared to work from computer produced images, you must appreciate that the details on the scanned photographs may not be as sharp as the original photograph and disintegrate into a series of dots/pixels when magnified, thus creating identification difficulities. Scanned documents should be copied as a minimum of 600 dpi..

Sorry I cannot work from photocopies as there are generally of poor quality and details cannot be magnified as these always disintegrate into a series of dots/pixels when magnified.


Unidentified recruits, 5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment c.1915

Group, 7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers c.1915/16

All enquiries should be made to

DAVID J. BARNES c/o 46 Prestwich Street, Burnley, Lancashire, England BB11 4NZ

Please send a cheque with your order and copy photograph(s), made payable to D J BARNES, along with your Stamped, Self Addressed Envelope.

[PLEASE NOTE: This Service is MAIL ORDER ONLY, all research is usually completed within 1 - 4 weeks.]



For Non-UK residents, I will accept currency notes to the equivalent value in US Dollars, Australian Dollars or Euros. No foreign cheques please as I have to pay bank charges for banks to negotiate settlement and I can exchange currency notes without charge

Copyright 2001 David J. Barnes