WWI – ‘The Devil’s Own’ Inns of Court London Regiment postcards

Just listed on Reynard Collectables delcampe store (storefront here with lots of fine postcards and collectables) is this set of five postcards. I had some difficulty identifying them as they seem fairly cryptic and I could find no other examples on the internet. Apparently the legal profession in and around the Inns of Court in London had their own regiment dating back to the late 1500s, though these cards are for 1917. By this time the regiment (with a motto of ‘The Devil’s Own’) was an Officer Training Corps, preparing newly recruited officers for the horrors of the front line. Judging by the pictures on the cards, the training was no less horrific.

Card one starts with a ‘Raw Recruit’, moving on to stage 2 ‘Plucked & Trussed’ before stage 3 shows some ‘attitude’ as ‘Parboiled’ and finishing off at stage 4 as ‘Done to a turn’! The fifth card show the regimental patron saint, The Devil!

I believe that by 1914 the regimental training camp was in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire and I think remnants of the training trenches are still visible to this day.

A fine and scarce set of cards available on Reynard Collectables delcampe store here, or if you just want a look, some examples shown below.



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Married to Barbara, two boys, work from home office. Trying to build my collectables hobby into a profitable business.
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