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  1. Looks like he was sick in 1916. Here's a list of the casualty clearing stations to give you an idea of the area he may have been serving in. https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/locations-of-british-casualty-clearing-stations/
  2. Difficult to know if he wasn't a casualty (wounded/killed/POW). This site http://www.corpsofmilitarypolice.org/tools/armynumber?query= shows the service number 14416131 as being General Service. The number 29526 L brings up an error page but that may just be a problem at my end however, the service number 29526 shows a result for Royal Army Service Corps. Here's another link showing army block numbers allocated from 1920 to 1942 http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/mm/army_service_numbers.htm Hopefully the above helps a little.
  3. They look like shooting club awards/medals to me. The Swiss one has the history or evolution of shooting on the back, in the languages spoken in Switzerland.
  4. I can't help with your question but going by the link it appears to be a US unit insignia rather than British.
  5. Great pic. Have you ever seen an original anywhere? And, have you seen the many so called MG chainmail face protection masks coming out of the cracks over the past few months?
  6. I think France has the standard grades of gold like 18 and 22 ct.
  7. That's a great find! I read somewhere that some of the Russian mutineers were eventually imprisoned in Algeria.
  8. Thanks for the tip on the book Rob and good to see a French addition to this thread.
  9. I can't help you with your question but that's a great lot Mike. All I can pick up on is three of them appear to have the Queen's crown. Is that 20ct on the gold wing? Might that suggest it was made outside of Britain? Apart from having no hallmarks, 20ct isn't standard there.
  10. Great to find a pic. Where did you come across the ID card (Kennkarte)?
  11. Thanks anyway Kris. If I find anything worth mentioning when I'm there I'll post it.
  12. Yeah, I think it would've made it more interesting to say it was Free Belgian issue. Next time I'm round his place I'll check the buttons myself, just in case he missed something. Do you know how soon after liberation the Belgian army changed back to their own style of uniform?
  13. Unfortunately he can't see any maker stamped on the back of the buttons.
  14. Thanks for the lend lease confirmation Pete. Just need to work out if the Belgian buttons are possibly Brit pre 1945 made or post 1945 issue.
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