The Holyboy

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  1. This photo dates from the early years of WWII but can anyone pin it down to a year and battalion by identifying the cloth insignia diamond with a figure 8 in the centre that they wear on their upper sleeves please?
  2. Thank you for your kind reply.
  3. Does anyone know of an older soldier to die while in uniformed service during the Great War? Our WWI project research in Norwich has turned up Captain Quartermaster George William Valentine Clements 1st Royal Dragoons who died on 3 March 1916 aged 85. CWGC stated he is one of the oldest known service deaths in WWI but we are trying to find out is he the oldest? Any more biographical details or a photograph of the man himself would be much appreciated. CWGC states he was the son of the late William and Charlotte Clements, of Norwich; husband of Jane Elizabeth Clements, of 3, Chapel Field North, Norwich, the husband of Jane Elizabeth Clements, of 3, Chapel Field North, Norwich. the entry also adds he served in the Crimean War, 1853-56 (Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman and Sebastopol) and Turkish Crimea Medal.
  4. Hi Everyone I have recently bought this photo postcard of Modder the Dog, resplendent with South African War Medals. Caption states 3rd Battalion Grenadiers Pet Dog 'Modder' - I would love to more about him - Can anyone help please? Best wishes Neil
  5. Thanks Gavin - A very helpful tip - will do!
  6. Thanks Mervyn and Chris. I don't have the Albert Medal but I do have a Wakefield Medal in box of issue. The research carries on!
  7. Can anyone post the Albert Medal citation for CPO James Hendry RNAS (Action in November 1914) please? Second question....is there a roll for the Sir Charles Wakefield Medal awarded to the AA gun crews for shooting down Zeppelin L.15 in 1916 ?? Any help appreciated.
  8. Thanks Mervyn - I shall post this in the research area
  9. Hi all Would anyone be kind enough to post the Albert Medal citation for CPO James Hendry RNAS (Action in November 1914, the award was announced in local newspapers in 1915). I would also like to know what is the correct medal grouping for Air Commodore Sir Egbert Cadbury DSC DFC including MiDs if he had them. Does anyone know if these are on display anywhere or if they are still with his family? Any help is appreciated. Best wishes, as ever Neil
  10. I would like to extend a very big thanks to Odulf and all those who have helped in this enquiry. You are all gentlemen indeed.
  11. Thanks Michael - I have joined the forum you suggest and sincerely hope someone will be able to help.
  12. I have been asked by a dear friend to ask if anyone knows the location of a QSA named to John Henry Stokes, Army Service Corps. It is not stolen but lost or sold from the family many moons ago and she would like the chance to buy it back. Please help if you can, it would mean so much to her and her father.
  13. Many thanks to Mervyn, Peter and in particular thanks to Odulf for his kind offer. Yes, I would appreciate seeing the details from the RN list, I think it would be a good place to start and if I have no joy with further research online and at hand I will drop a line to the folks at the RN Museum.
  14. In the action off Great Yarmouth on 3 November 1914 the following Royal Navy vessels were involved - would anyone be kind enough to tell me who was in command of each of them : HMS Halcyon HMS Lively HMS Leopard HMS Success Submarines E10, D5 and D3. Any help much appreciated. Best wishes Neil
  15. No luck on Gunstar nor Dugup. Thanks for the suggestion Mervyn but having placed such requests with auction houses I have waited and waited and heard nothing only discover I had missed one in one of their recent sales. I can only assume my requests were put in the wickerwork filing cabinet. The items I want turn up infrequently and it really is not worth my paying out annual subs for catalogues. Even auction houses local to me, despite my leaving my name with them and spending considerable sums with them on certain items on occasion fail to contact again and again. It just lets the sellers down and disappoints potential buyers. Things have improved in recent years thanks to the internet but I remain to be convinced that auctioneers do as much as they could to reach serious buyers.