Tony

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  1. Very interesting, there are always German letters to be found but rarely any to Commonwealth troops. Is that D E Parker who was captured in 1940?
  2. Me too, both you and John just keep turning them up. The above group has to be a very lucky find and just goes to show that dealers don't always do research. I recently bought a boxed group of 3 from a dealer to a man wounded in Normandy, Aug. 44. It had to be Falaise and after checking the diary I found he was wounded on a day his inf. Bn. attacked 3 Tigers. Good old FMP.
  3. I'm all for it being a put together, someone (maybe George?) at some stage has married up the medal and ribbon. A quick look at the service record shows R8840 George Crow attested in Jan. 1915 at the age of 19 years and 26 days and was discharged because of sickness as he suffered with gastritis. He served in the KRRC, Northants. Regt., 1/6 Sussex Cyclist Bn. and Royal Sussex Depot Bn., being discharged with chronic gastritis 29/9/17. 4480 G. Crow was from London and joined the army in 1902 whereas 8840 G. Crow was from Newcastle. Does the passenger list show an address?
  4. You did ok for 40 euros having a POW included. I hope these links to the ICRC work: http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/94789/3/2/ and http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/List/94789/1872/37641/ It's PA37641 you need. He was captured unwounded in Armentieres 11/4/18, a look at the war diary will help with any research. There will also be a memorial plaque out there somewhere but even though there are no doubt several to men with the same name, it won't make it any easier to find.
  5. I can't speak for the badge itself even though the reverse looks a little fresh around the edge to me, but I always thought the prongs had rounded ends rather than square and that the soldering was done near to where the prongs would be bent, or from top to bottom rather than one join in the middle. My thoughts are based on several original French helmet badges I've seen. Tony
  6. Thanks mate!
  7. I've had another go, just couldn't resist even though I still find the background a problem. Civil Service Rifles Commonwealth POWs Some Germans (not sure if the red tabs on the greatcoat are correct) More Germans, probably 1940 and I'm not convinced I got the uniform colour right Brit POWs probably 1940 A nurse, possibly Red Cross French infantry Gurkha POWs
  8. There was a Lieutenant John Bray RNVR Sussex Division who received a trio in WWI (Sub. Lieut. 27/2/15 & Lieut. 8/2/17). Do you know if the name matches with the Special Constabulary medal? I've just found a Land Agent's Surveyor (Comm. Retired RNVR) named John Bray, born 1888 and living in Hastings, Sussex in 1939. More than likely the same man as above so the naming on the SC medal should give confirmation.
  9. Interesting that he spoke of the enemy recovering their tanks over night and getting them going again within days. I used to work with a German who was on the Russian front, he told me the Russians did the same but German tanks couldn’t be repaired quick enough because they had to wait for the engineered parts to be made. Another fantastic group, more so because of the recordings online.
  10. Just a 'few' of your favourites? They're in fantastic condition.
  11. Rob, I might not always comment but I do enjoy the posts. Same goes for John's posts.
  12. Too sure of themselves combined with a large amount of disposable income, new and naive collector or perhaps someone's nan bought it as a chrissy pressie for her grandson? The list is probably annoyingly endless.
  13. Have you found any photos of him in uniform?