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A portrait of a young man wearing military uniform from the Clonbrock Collection with the catalogue title "Swiss 94 B.Oberlan. An oval portrait of a soldier with glasses. Dated 1894 it would have been before the Boer and World wars therefore this was likely to have been a professional soldier rather than an emergency/patriotic enlistment. Who was he and where did he fit in with the distinguished Dillon family?

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1894

NLI Ref: CLON1825

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 10/Dec/2019 08:58:13

    It looks like a Royal Dublin Fusiliers badge on his collar. This regiment was from 1881 to 1922 and was based in Naas. However, if he was a Dillon, why didn't he join the Connaught Rangers?

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    O Mac

    • 10/Dec/2019 09:50:41

    Oberland... German for Highland.

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Dec/2019 10:07:37

    about 2 years ago you posted a photo "Swiss 94 b oberland" that was three portrait cards positioned at the base of a photostand. as it was a difficult one , one contributor admitted that they were "floored" :-) ... beachcomber

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Dec/2019 11:22:55

    The Fusilliers were the local regiment for Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Carlow. Can anybody pick our man out from this listing? www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons?ss=%7B%22q%22:%22D...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Dec/2019 11:28:17

    The Swiss 94 B Oberlan pictures are from an album in which the Dillons went to Switzerland in 1894. But it includes other shots, like a glider and a snowfight in Trinity College.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Dec/2019 14:11:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee Could it be the Royal Munster Fusiliers badge? They look kind of similar at this low resolution.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Dec/2019 17:53:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The Munsters badge doesn't have the scroll across the bottom!

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Dec/2019 18:59:02

    Officers named Dillon in the RDF: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_aq=Dillon%20... Captain Arthur John Dillon PRESTON. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 1904-1920 Second Lieutenant, Dillon, Edeveain Charles Barclay, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1914-1920 Six privates name Dillon, none seem likely.

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    ofarrl

    • 10/Dec/2019 20:29:11

    Based on what I can see of the cap badge it looks like he is likely a member of the Royal Engineers and the collar badge would have had the word Ubique on the scroll beneath. The uniform he is wearing with the open neck and lapels was adopted after 1908.

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Dec/2019 21:01:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Lapel badge could be Royal Engineers, all depends on what the scroll says. Pity the res isn't better.

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    ofarrl

    • 10/Dec/2019 21:29:51

    www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ with that combination of cap badge and collar badge I'm pretty certain its the Royal Engineers. This is a nice example of a R.E. cap badge for comparison Family - Reg Owen Smith - Royal Engineers Cap Badge

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    suckindeesel

    • 10/Dec/2019 21:38:55

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There were a lot of Dillons in the Royal Engineers, assuming it is even a Dillon, see discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_dss=range&am...

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    silverio10

    • 10/Dec/2019 23:34:37

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 11/Dec/2019 09:04:22

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Agreed, heres a picture of the lapel badge. www.britishmilitarybadges.co.uk/products/royal-engineers-...