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  1. Thanks for adding the details Rob, it now makes me wonder if it could have been repaired by a jeweller. Tony
  2. Rob, That's interesting to hear you believe your Brit. VM with ball suspender is British made, but unnamed I imagine. Do you think it was made as a replacement or for the collectors? Tony
  3. Great write up and reminded me of a medal group I have to a man killed in the firing line near Hooge, the day before Koopmann was wounded.
  4. Nice! I used to have lots to do with Ypres including the remains of a gound dug pickelhaube and a 14 Star to a man taken POW in October 1914. I probably still have some bits and pieces somewhere.
  5. Try applying here You'll need to fill out a Request Form and a Search Form but if you don't have your grandfather's service number you might not get far. The search form does stipulate service number and/or date of birth must be included. Another problem could be payment, when I applied for my grandfather's record I had to arranged for a relative in the UK to make payment for me as it had to be in Sterling.
  6. Do you know this site?ücke-fotos/trägerfotos/ The Ehrenkreuz site also shows copies of pages from some makers including various sword attachments but no photos of the medal being worn with swords on the ribbon. Just guessing here but I think it's possible someone just wanted a bit more bling, or perhaps the swords were added at a much later date?
  7. Hello, I’d be really grateful if someone can help me out here. The April 1916 Verlustlisten shows three men from Mittlere Minenwerfer Abteilung 199 who, having been listed as missing since September 1915 are now shown as being prisoners. Uffz. Max Senf’s POW card states he was captured at Somme-Py, the card for Arthur Kaiser shows he was captured in the Champagne rather than a definite town or village but I can find nothing about the other man on the ICRC site. I’ve tried cross referencing with some of the men listed as missing after a French attack back in 1915 to see if Bueschenfeld was held with them but am not having any luck finding where he may have been held POW. Is there anyone who knows more about the ins and outs of searching for German soldiers who can help find him? Thanks Tony
  8. Ooooh that's a tough one! Could it be a poorly stamped WS shown upside down in your photo? Do you know this site I didn't see anything there to answer your question but it's a good reference site for all things WWI involving gear worn by the CEF, the RFC as well as German uniforms and headgear. Tony
  9. You can download his service record at the Brit national archives for a few bucks It might not be exciting, date of discharge and ships served on etc. but knowing the ships will give a clue to any sea battles or patrols he took part in.
  10. I'm with Peter, the last one is a cracker and must've been difficult to get back into shape.
  11. Apart from having a lot of experience with German docs, what's the major sign you see? Is it the rubber stamp, the handwriting or the poor looking quality print? All three look dodgy to me but I only have one or two German docs.
  12. He gave his NOK address as 26 East Newell Ave., Rutherford when in the RAF so that'll be where you got the US address.
  13. Mate, definitely worth going there yourself otherwise you'll always be wondering if you really did receive the whole file or not.
  14. If you have WO374/51003 is there no indication at all of the unit he served with while overseas? This doesn't help your search but I imagine you've seen the London Gazette entry stating he's to be 2nd Lieutenant 9/6/15. I had a quick look at the 1939 register, it gives his occupation as Army RGA retired and ARP Dover DC, is there perhaps anything to do with the RA in Dover where he may have worked behind a desk? If so it might be worthwhile asking there, that's if he's the correct GF Nuthall.
  15. You've done a good job there, it looks great. Vintage bottles is an idea or even something like the label on Poilu beer, I'll have to keep 'em peeled.