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Dave Wilkinson

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  1. Dave, See the appended photo. This particular one sold on eBay on the 28th Nov. 2018 for £41. Dave.
  2. Dave, The last issue cape was made of a rubberised material. It was fastened at the neck with a leather strap and buckle. The collar number was an individually made (for each officer) badge consisting of his div. letter & number. This was affixed to one side of the leather strap with loops and split pin. The capes appear on eBay from time to time. Hope this is helpful. I will try to find a photo for you. Dave.
  3. The archives of the Foreign & Commonwealth office would also contain this information. I suspect that such papers would be currently held at the National Archives, Kew. Dave.
  4. Peter, It was worth a try, but (as you say yourself) attempting to deal with faceless civil servants in circumstances such as these is like peeing in the wind. Nothing will divert them from a decision already made. I'll wager that you were not alone in pointing out the folly of the proposed action. What compounds the situation is that no one did (or even to-day does) anything to trace living relatives. They simply sit there waiting for someone to "claim" the medals. So, sad. Dave.
  5. Thanks for sharing this sad tale Peter. What a shame that the late Mrs. Birch did not claim his GSM. The authorities, I believe, have to share a degree of blame in that someone should have ensured that she was properly advised as to her entitlement. Alas, too late now.......... Dave.
  6. RUC mess dress. Whether they are currently worn with PSNI badges etc I know not. Dave.
  7. Mike, Great minds think alike!! Dave.
  8. Dave, Unless you are sure of what you are buying, take great care in splashing out on painted truncheons. There are so many "chair legs" fashioned to look like the real thing by those interested in making a quick buck, that its fraught with danger. Even seasoned experts can be caught out. Personally, I've always stayed well clear. But each to his own. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Dave.
  9. You could try contacting the SJAB HQ in London. If they can't help they may be able to point you in the right direction. Dave.
  10. Spot on Peter. Had forgotten that they even had a badge. Thanks for sharing mate! Dave.
  11. Gents, Mike is correct. The Metpol. issued uniforms to their SC at the start of the Great War and as far as I'm aware whilst the armlet was worn, the metal arm plate was not. Dave.
  12. Dave, Looks impressive!! Dave.
  13. Dave, I may have one. Send me an email and I'll see what I can find. dave.wilkinson73@btinternet.com Dave.
  14. Having seen the engraving close up, I would say that this was not the work of the Royal Mint. You are wise to leave well alone. Dave.
  15. I can't comment on the style of naming, what I would caution is buying anything from a HK based seller. Take great care. There are many individuals who are "producing" no end of fake/altered items of memorabilia which purport to be from the pre.1997 disciplined services in HK. Dave.
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