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    I collect Southern Africa medal groups from 1853 through to 1994. This includes South Africa, Namibia, Rhodesia and GSWA and the campaigns that were participated in across Europe, North Africa, Korea and so on. In addition I am interested in SA Military and Police and any "foreign" groups with Southern Africa service.

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  1. Thank you for the tip. Will give it a go.
  2. Hi, one of my collecting themes extends to the family surname. As such my latest additions is the group of medals to P/O Stanley Cohen from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Special Reserve. The group includes his appointment as a Pilot Officer effective 5th May 1944. This is the first Canadian group that I have added to the collection and have looked at the Library Archive of Canada website with little luck. Is any perhaps able to assist with either some information on Stanley Cohen or point me in the right direction to get some additional information on him please. It would really be much appreciated. Regards Gaving
  3. I only just saw this thread, after the most recent post. From the initial post to the most recent is just shy of 10 years. So while I understand it is unlikely to be of use, some of the following may still be of interest: A quick look at the reference "Springbok Fighter Victory - SAAF Fighter Operations 1939 - 1945" volume 1 by Michael Schoeman, there is one fighter pilot listed with this surname. He is 205546V 2/Lt Roland Marillier. He was originally from Pretoria and served in 223 (RAF) Squadron and 4 (SAAF) Squadron. He was listed as KIA in about Jun 1942. Commented on the Alamein Memorial. Obviously there may have been a bomber pilot with that surname, so except for that, I am basing some observations on evidently the only fighter pilot for some consideration: 1. He was not a captain at the time of his death, as per the uniform. This most likely means the uniform was certainly enhanced with at least additional pips 2. In support of some of the previous comments, he did not have an MBE. I would estimate that he likely qualified for the 39-45star, Africa star, war medal, Africa service medal and a WW II memorial plaque. If these were ever in fact issued to next of kin is a different question that can be answered by looking at his service records. (The archive referred to above still exists as I understand, but it has moved recently). This indicates that likely the ribbon bar was an addition. 3. The RAF squadron service may explain the RAF wings, perhaps a stretch. Hope it was of interest cheers Gavin
  4. Hi, one suggestion is to look at Alec Kaplan auctions that run roughly every two or three months. They regularly have badges from these units offered. A search on Google should get you to their site.
  5. At very least the suspender and attachment to the medal is not correct for a MM.
  6. Selous Scouts items

    Hi James, in terms of the Selous Scouts there is a worldwide following for items from the unit. I for one, hold a few medal groups to them. Cheers Gavin
  7. I agree with Paul. For some reason I cannot find the membership list, as I am pretty sure she is a member on GMIC as well.
  8. Hi, in terms of reading material I would recommend that you look at getting the following books as a start: 1. "Medals Year Book 2017" - published by Token. this will also help with the pricing question. 2. "British Battles and Medals", I think that the Naval and Military Press may still have a few copies available.
  9. At Last! An EK to the Field Clergy!

    Congratulations well done, must be a great feeling.
  10. Just goes to show that there is a great potential story behind even what appears to be a single BWM on ebay
  11. from across the Atlantic and nine years later, what a result. Well done to Tim for putting it out there. Gavin
  12. Only corresponded over the forum. Sympathies to his family and friends. His presence will be missed certainly by this community. Gavin
  13. Mike, I have only just seen your posts, very impressive. I have been toying with the idea of collecting QSA's to Town Guards, as a side to groups, however this display has certainly provided some food for thought. Thank you. Gavin
  14. Hi thank you for posting the links, both gents were impressive. Of interest on the same youtube spot is also clip of Steve Stevens, DFC. Enjoyedtheir stories. Gavin
  15. Hi, in looking at the group it is defence force, i.e army, air force or perhaps navy, although the latter is less likely. I do no believe the group is related to the SA Police based on the medals. The group you are looking at consists of from left to right the following: Pro Patria medal, General Service medal, Southern Africa medal, SADF good service medal for 10 years. The conditions of award are reflected in the relevant section of the Medal Yearbook. The combination would suggest service in a defined operational area, and certainly operations acrooss the border. Research opportunties are very limited, if not impossible currently unless there is some provenance such as award certificates, as the medals were not officialy named but numbered. The provenance would also be essential to confirm if it is in fact a group. While the combination is certainly possible it could just as easily have been put together. In saying that i do not want to underestimate what the medals represent, which is a war which in some respects the intensity and scope was not always clear on the international stage.