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  1. Good job, Alex. I am struck by how remarkable well-nourished the sergeant looks, considering it is war time and at the height of rationing!
  2. Alan I have attached a digitally enlarged version of the image of the reverse shown in the first post. In it you can better see that the studio was located in Czernowitz, what is now Chernivtsi in western Ukraine but was then in the KuK province of Bukovina. As to when it was taken, there is nothing on the photo to indicate, sadly. Update: You can find out more about the photographer at the following website; it might help you date the photo,
  3. Welcome, Alan. Glad you liked the photo We know that he was a Feldwebel because of the three stars and the lace border on his collar. Google 'Rank insignia of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces' and you should find many web pages with an explanation of these badges of rank. What are you hoping to find there? I ask because I am not sure where I have put the photo and, even if I could find it, it wouldn't show you anything you can't see in the image in the first post, I don't believe
  4. I think you are probably right. With so few of these about, it's difficult to get a sense of the value of a single, unattributed medal. However, I don't think that this is a case of rare = valuable But, all that aside, as you and others have remarked, a nice example of craftsmanship.
  5. Asil76 This is the HAC's 350th Anniversary medal. Another example can be seen here:
  6. Welcome, Guy. I hope that this is the first of many from your collection that you will post here. If so, this looks like it is going to be an interesting thread and I, for one, am looking forward to it!
  7. ... and if he is your man, volume 2 (p. 295) of the same Navy List shows that he was assigned to the Anti-Submarine Warfare Division. Source:
  8. Egorka I wonder if this is your man (VD being the abbreviation for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration). Annoying that only the initial of his first name is given! Source:
  9. Paul To my eye, it looks like a lower case gothic or Black Letter 'n', which would make it 1928, with the maker being Garrards, of course. Source: 1896-1915.html
  10. Von Thronstahl The pencil caption to the first photo says 'Wurt[t]emberg', doesn't it? That being the case, the 1866 (for example) Schematismus lists four members of the family in Austrian service.
  11. I would never have expected to find an article setting out the experiences of a 1950s National Service officer seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force in that bastion of post-colonial liberalism, The Guardian. I was delighted, therefore, to find this: not least for the magnificent photograph of the Queen inspecting a RWAFF Guard of Honour, which shows very clearly the uniforms of the locally-enlisted troops and the European officers (as usual, click to see a larger version).
  12. Thank you so much, Sommerfeld, for pointing me to this resource, which I wasn't aware of and which, after a quick investigation, I realise is an important source for anyone researching the Austria-Hungary forces in WW1. For anyone who has never seen these Verlustlisten (Casualty lists) before, they can be accessed online via the links below. Each has a slightly different interface but each had its merits. State Library of Upper Austria (colour): Austrian National Library (monochrome):
  13. Thanks for the correction, Wraith42.
  14. Sommerfeld May I ask where the first image comes from, please? I note the discrepancy (LIR 84 and LIR 34) between the two sources but I imagine that the death notice is correct (perhaps a typo in the first source).
  15. Welcome, Larissa. Here's a start for you: Franz Teucher was a Lt. Colonel (Obstlt = Oberstleutnant). Dr Joseph Kalapos was a doctor with the rank of Colonel (Ob. Arzt = Oberstarzt). In 1912 he was attached to the 60th KuK Infantry Regiment. Others here will correct or/and add to what I have stated and, perhaps, give some IDs, I am sure.