Corps of Commissionaires? - No
"I don't think that the chap in uniform in this
photo was in The Corps of
Commissionaires as they normally wear a black patent belt over
the shoulder with a small dispatch bag attached.
The earlier head gear for a
Commissionaire was a Kepi and not a cap like he is wearing, they
then started to wear the modern peaked cap but had a white top on it, I
would think the uniform he is wearing is a dress uniform (Evening Wear ) due
to the fact he has a bow tie on."
Medals on the Right and Left
"On looking at the photo, it is strange that he
has medals on the right and left of his jacket. Medals earned are
always worn on the left. Medals that were awarded to a relative are
worn on the right.
However, the medals on his right seem to be
military and may be campaign medals. At the top of them there is a bar
which would tell you where he fought. if indeed he did.
The medals on his left breast, I would say are
On his right sleeve at the bottom he has service
chevrons, he has five of these but the latter is brighter for some reason."
"If Josephine could furbish more details, like
date of birth for him and whether or not he did military services well as
his 25 years with the Police."
Archie Young, Moredun, Edinburgh: January 19, 2011