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  1. Welcome, NykleD. No apologies required. That's the good thing about this forum: threads are added to over the years as more and more information becomes available, making this site a wonderful repository of knowledge. Thanks for bringing the National Archive record to our attention. It's a shame that it only cover the period 1800-1804. Mike, do you mean by this - if you can remember at this distance in time - that 2nd Regiment of Hussars didn't exist or that they were not at Waterloo? I suspect the latter as we know from the National Archive record found by NykleD (in post #9) that Portegies was in the 2nd Regiment of Hussars King's German Legion. However it covers his service from 1800-1804 so his presence at Waterloo isn't yet sourced other than the reference in the book NykleD found, it would seem.
  2. Thanks for casting more light on this interesting - if somewhat arcane - subject, GreyC.
  3. Thanks for that clarification, GreyC. You are, of course, right. It is now called The Grand Hotel, I am intrigued by the address on the document you have linked to because the only references I can find on the Internet to the Hotel Victoria, in this connext, are to Room 238 being used by SOE for interviews of prospective agents. I can find no mention of MIRS being there. Further research required, perhaps.
  4. I've been thinking about this, GreyC, and am slightly puzzled. I have never heard of 'Victoria Hotel' and I wonder if it meant St Ermine's Hotel, which is in the Victoria (SW1) district of London. It has been known by this name (St Ermine's) since its founding in 1899, I believe, and certainly since the Ewardian period. You may know this already but others reading this thread might be interested to know that the hotel is still going and is a nice place to stay in London. They have some information about their history here, and here is a bit more detail about SOE and MIRS working together at the hotel during the war If you read through this second link, you will note that the Russian double-agent Guy Burgess worked there and so I wonder, when you write that your document was "copied and given to the Russians in 1943", whether it was actually passed to the Russians by Burgess as part of his spying effort for them! Do you actually own this document or have you seen it online?
  5. Military Intelligence Research Section This link will give you a start in your research, GreyC,
  6. I wonder if Lambert's question relates to the fact that the swords, in themselves rough-looking, are really quite crudely attached and look as if they have been subsequently added to a medal issued without swords. The corollary might be, does this affect its value or collectibility?
  7. Am I being harsh in thinking that the enamel on this example is really rather inferior, particularly when compared to the examples in post #6? I wonder how it justifies Spink's assessment very fine?
  8. Karas Thank you for these additional details about Marquis Georgii Fedorovitch degli Albizzi, who seems to be one of those quirks of Military History which make our hobby so interesting!
  9. Thank you, Karas, for this fascinating account of the action in which your great-uncle won the St George Cross. I must confess I had a bit of difficulty understanding the details but one jumped out at me: why on Earth was 'the Italian Marquis GF. Dalli Albizzi' present at this skirmish?
  10. Thanks for that confirmation, Michael. It was my last hope for a rational explanation
  11. What a thought-provoking example, Great Dane. I suppose I can persuade myself to see differences between the two crosses but, they are so alike (and I think I can see one or two additional similarities you didn't highlight), is it possible that the Chapter of the Orders misunderstand your query? Assuming for the moment that they didn't, how can we account for two crosses with almost identical flaws and dings? Do we think that they are flaws in the manufacturing process which are common to all crosses produced at the time, perhaps?
  12. I'm certain of it, Christian. Even though the image in the auction catalogue isn't the best, by exaggerating the tones, it is possible to see most of the enamel damage on the eMedals example, as is apparent in the attached comparison. This is most obvious on the 'S' on its side shaped edge of the repair work on the upper right arm of the cross.
  13. Thanks for this reference, Yankee, which is most helpful. I am not sure that the Benemerenti catalogues are on line so I wonder if anyone might have a scan they could post, please? [edited to add: I have now discover that they are online and I have now downloaded the catalogue for auction #9].
  14. Hi Yankee. I am not sure how what you write contradicts Christian's observation. Could you, perhaps, expand, please? It is not just the enamel damage which Christian has ringed which is the same, I can spot perhaps five or six other commonalities, including the 'spot' under the right hilt, which is evident in the earlier black & white photo (but is covered by the red ring in Christian's comparison). I would be interested in hearing your further thoughts.
  15. Thanks for posting these, Nick. I am always struck by the elegant simplicity of the Order of Merit of the Austrian First Republic.