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  1. If something doesn't show it's usually because it's either not for sale to the country you're in or if being sold/auctioned in Europe, paypal isn't an accepted method of payment from the seller. Try the site/country it's being auctioned in e.g German ebay in this case by changing the .com to .de if you know what I mean. For France .fr etc. https://www.ebay.de/itm/Eisernes-Kreuz-2-Klasse-1813-EK2-Preußen-FW-Friedrich-Wilhelm-lll-mit-Band/332559729084?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 It runs another 7 days.
  2. Thanks very much for your reply and the link.
  3. WW1 Commemorative piece

    That's bloody good mate.
  4. You mention several models of the 75mm Krupp canon, do you know if there is any online reference about the fuzes used? Or do you know if the Romanian artillery used an aluminium fuze?
  5. Battle of Teutoburg Forest 9AD

    Bummer! I'm sure you'll get there sooner rather than later.
  6. It looks ok to me. I'll scan some details from a book later and send them on. That should help you determine which style of naming it actually is although you might need a ruler to be absolutely sure.
  7. Me too, anything Belgian is rarely seen.
  8. Mate, it isn't free so pm me your email and I'll send the papers over. There's nothing exciting there but it tells you a little about the man behind the medal. Tony
  9. Great lot of badges there Jerry. I started collecting various cap badges back in the 90s only to find at a later date that many were restrikes, that put me off them. Tony, do you know Hewitt has two sets of records online? Under his 61598 number and 39204 too.
  10. If the medals weren't issued/applied for originally then the next of kin can still apply for them. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/applying-for-medals As for naming them yourself well, if they're staying with you to remember your grandfather then engraving them would probably be better than stamping. Alternatively if you apply for his service record or already have it, perhaps placing his official medal entitlement with the medals will be ok. Personally I'd frame them with a photo of your grandfather but either way, they're yours so do whatever you feel at ease with.
  11. And being promoted from Bombadier to Corporal makes me wonder if Corporal was something between Bdr. and Sgt.
  12. Possibly. If you check page 4 of his record it looks like he was in Ahmdednuggur from 1885 to the end of 1887 although the writing is difficult to understand in places.
  13. A pity we're none the wiser about F/1 but do you have his medals? I can download the whole record if you like, just pm me your email and I'll sort it out in the morning.
  14. Ok, was he from Peterborough too? There’s a Cpl. William Hall Royal Artillery from Peterborough who was transferred to the reserve in Dec. 1888 after 12 years service. His promotions are interesting with respect to ranks in the RA: Gnr. – 1881 to 83 Actg. Bbr. -1883 to 83 Bombr. – 1883 to 1885 Corporal – 1885 to 1888 Served India 1883 – 1888 His Corps and regimental number changed from 1st Bde. RA, 9089 to F/i (or F/1) 14516 but I can’t tell if this happened after his transfer to the reserve in Dec. 1888 or previous to that. And I've no idea what the meaning of F/i (F/1) is on the attached extract is or if I've gone completely off track.
  15. Doh! I didn't even think about that.
  16. Peter, I did find reference to a Frontier Force Royal Artillery yesterday however, I've just searched William Hall born 1860 and came up with three men, none of them being above the rank of Pte. Chapster, do these three men named William Hall, born 1860 ring any bells? I couldn't see that any of them had the rank of Corporal. 751 William Hall, 21st Brig. then transferred to 43 Light Infantry, born Wem, Shropshire. Married Elizabeth Keay in 1884 and stayed ‘Home’ until his discharge in 1890. He also served at Depot, Ox. & Bucks LI. 2668 William Hall, 1/23 Fusiliers, born in Bermondsey, in the Burmah Field Force in 1888, record shows India 1880-1888, campaign Burmah. 1797 William Hall, 34th Brig., born St. Pauls, discharged 1890 and was ‘Home’ in 1888. By the way, there'll be many, many men named William Hall but the above were the only ones showing up as born in 1860.
  17. Hopefully someone who knows will be along to solve this but just having a guess here, could F/t be something to do with Frontier? Do you know anything about the unit he was in? Tony
  18. Hello, Has anyone seen one of these tins before? Can it be dated and were they actually used by soldiers or did a needle and cotton manufacturer just happen to call his product Deutsches Armee Naehzeug? All thoughts are very much appreciated. Tony
  19. Could that be French Badge

    I'd have thought French at first too however, it does resemble the Mujahid Force (formed in the 1960s) cap badge so perhaps a Pakistani connection?
  20. I've had a go at electrolysis for the first time and found the result not too bad. Tony
  21. If you're looking at Brit WWI campaign medals you might also want to look here for Medal Index Cards http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1262 Ancestry's search engine is terrible but it's free so I shouldn't complain https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/1262/30850_A001491-02262?pid=5440763&backurl=http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc%3DCmT81%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26indiv%3D1%26db%3DMedalRolls%26gss%3Dangs-d%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26msT%3D1%26gsfn%3Drobert%26gsfn_x%3D1%26gsln%3Dstockbridge%26gsln_x%3D1%26MSAV%3D1%26uidh%3Da9g%26pcat%3D39%26fh%3D0%26h%3D5440763%26recoff%3D9%2010%26ml_rpos%3D1&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=CmT81&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true He probably received his medals in the early 20s however, most service records were destroyed in WWII and those that survived aren't always in good condition so the exact date he received the VM is unknown.
  22. Sorry I can't help with the authenticity but is it one of the sellers who usually has a supply of cruiser helmets, 1917 dated imperial German flags and WWI and WWII dated Commonwealth flags, some with an upside down union flag in the corner?
  23. Where did you find the info on him? I could only find him listed as killed in the late August 1918 edition of the Verlustlisten. Babetta Hurrell/Horrell? doesn't sound typically German so I wonder where he met her. That and the info you have makes a simple card very interesting.
  24. The Silver Plate from Egypt

    I've just searched online and it appears to be 90% silver, assayed in Cairo some time from 1946 onwards. Have a look at the 3rd post here http://925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23514