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  1. Many thanks, but cannot get on site could you post the picture?
  2. Single “engraved” 1915 Star, with the correct details to Captain Charles Edward Colbeck Royal Engineers Later awarded the Military Cross for the defence of Kut-al-Amara while serving with an Indian Imperial Service company, the Sirmoor Sappers and Miners and later was the driving force in developing a modern “Greek Fire” for defending Britain’s beach defenses before WW2 Being more than interested in the “Shingle Street” conspiracy I was surprised to find Colonel Colbeck moving to the area just before the war…I shall leave you to ponder if it is is more than a coincidence. 1881; was born on the 11th April 1881 in Harrow, the son of Mary and Charles. He had one brother and two sisters. His father Charles was a master at Harrow (died 1903), 1895; Charles Edward entered Harrow (Midsummer) 1895 as an Entrance scholar, became a Monitor in 1899 and passed for RMA Woolwich in 1898 but did not enter Winston Churchill was at Harrow 1888-1892 1900; He became an Engineering student Royal Indian Engineering Collage at Coopers Hill 1903; Commissioned 1st September 1903 1906; Promoted Lieutenant 1911; Served Royal Engineers attached to the 1st K G O Sappers & Miners and noted as attending the 1911 Delhi Durbar as Special Service Officer to the Maharaja of Sirmoor 1914; Assistant Inspector Imperial Service, Sappers 1914; 27th August, 1914 promoted Captain as Senior Special Service Officer to the Sirmoor Company, Sappers and Miners belonging to the Maharaja Amar Parkesh of Sirmoor 1914; 17th November deployed with the company to Mesopotamia 1915; In his Book in Kut with the Sixth Division and Captivity, Major Sandes MC RE mentions Major Colbeck three times; First is building a bridge a mile downstream then moving it closer to Kut; “While these three boats were being placed in the bridge I went down again to the two long sections of gissara (type of boat used in Turkish and Arab bridges). bridging moored by Captain Colbeck, R.E., above the fort, where we cut loose two more gissaras and brought them up also to be placed in the new bridge. This was very slow and laborious work”. The third mention is a trench raid; "It was evident that the Turks intended to assault the fort, and, by December 17th, the garrison feared that the enemy had begun mining from his sapheads. Our sappers had sunk a shaft opposite the east point of the fort and another in the north-east bastion, and had run-out some short listening-galleries. As water was encountered only 13 feet below ground-level there was no fear from deep Turkish mines, but to ascertain if hostile mining was actually in progress and to check the enemy, two sorties were planned for the early morning of December 18th 1915. To commence with, two parties of Sirmoor Sappers crept out after dark on December 17th and cut two ways through the remains of our barbed wire, and stacked light bamboo pyramids of barbed wire close at hand ready to close the openings if required. A red Verey light (part of our aeroplane equipment) was to be fired as a signal for the sorties, whereupon our guns were to shell the Turkish support trenches, and all the machine guns and rifles in the fort were to add their quota to the storm of bullets. The sorties were timed to start an hour or so before dawn, as soon as the moon went down. No. 1 Sortie Party (fifty men of the 103rd Mahratta Light Infantry) was led by Lieutenant Hinds, 103rd Mahrattas, with four bombers from the 1st Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, accompanied by Captain C. E. Colbeck, R.E., with six Sirmoor Sappers carrying explosives for destroying mine-shafts. This party dashed for the nearest hostile sap from the north-east bastion. No. 2 Sortie Party, similarly composed, but with men from the 119th Infantry and led by Lieutenant Haddon of that regiment, with Jemadar Durga Singh in charge of the sapper party, rushed out at the same time from our trenches outside the east point of the fort. The Turks were taken completely by surprise while at work and were bayoneted before they could get their rifles. The sortie parties then worked down the Turkish trenches and saps with bombs, sending back about a dozen prisoners and a quantity of rifles and entrenching tools. A fierce fight ensued with a party of Turks trapped at the third sap opposite the north face, but this sap was eventually cleared by bombing. Five sapheads were next examined and found to show no trace of mining work, so the two sortie parties returned to the fort just before dawn on December 18th, having killed about forty of the enemy and with only one man of the two parties slightly wounded. The garrison of the fort was much relieved to know that the Turks were not mining towards the walls, and jubilant at the complete success of the sorties”. A bound photocopy of typescript diary, 29 April-30 June 1916 is held http://www.worldcat.org/title/ce-colbeck-papers/oclc/54867177 (I have not obtained a copy) 1916; Captured by the Turks, his diary (57pp) describing their surrender to the Turks on 29 April 1916 relates to his experiences during a sixty day journey in May and June on foot and by boat, rail, donkey, lorry and cart across Asia Minor from Kut to the officers' prisoner of war camp at Yozgad and conditions in the camp, July - December 1916; together with two congratulatory addresses to Colbeck and another officer in the Sirmoor Sapper Company from the Indian soldiers under their command is held in the imperial war museum http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030002076 He is also mentioned in the Book “The Road to En Dor” by Jones, the story of an the escape from Yozgad . Charles was the person that made the table which the Ouija Board was used 1916; Mentioned in Despatches 5th April and 19th October 1918; 1st Sept 1918 Promoted to Major 1919 Capt. (now Maj.) Charles Edward Colbeck, R,.E. awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in connection with the defence: of Kut-al-Amara. 1915 Star, War and Victory 1925; Chief Instructor School of Electric Lighting 1929; Promoted Lt Colonel 1933; Promoted to Colonel 1936; Appointed to the Royal Engineers and Signals Board (the aim of which was to trial new equipment) 1937; Colonel Colbeck proposed to the Admiralty’s scientific branch the idea of “blocking or burning” enemy landing craft by distributing petrol over the water and on the beaches, it appears that a number of experiments were undertaken at Weymouth and Christchurch using a number of different delivery methods, by 1938 by reasons of secrecy the experiments appear to have been dropped, nothing more was undertaken on the project and his work was reportedly never looked at. Information taken from “Burn the Sea: Flame Warfare, Black Propaganda and the Nazi Plan to Invade England” by James Hayward 1938; 11th April 1938 relinquishes his appointment as a member of the Royal Engineers and Signals Board and retired with the rank of Colonel 1940, Shingle Street (taken from another site) "However many eye witnesses have maintained an attempted landing took place at night in a part of Suffolk known as Shingle Street at the end of August 1940. Shingle Street at the time was in the process of being heavily fortified as it had been recognized as a likely place for a German landing. With the lack of heavy guns and equipment new ideas were being thought up on how to defend British beaches and ports. A cheap, simple and quick solution was devised in the way of a kind of water placed flame thrower. Pipes were laid at the low tide level with outlets to spray flammable liquid onto the surface of the ocean; this would then be set on fire literally cooking landing craft. Many believe that a German invasion was attempted with a number of landing craft sent from Belgium. During that night witnesses recall the church bells ringing which was the invasion warning. A dance taking place at Aldeburgh was stopped by military officers and soldiers were re-called to duty and vehicles commandeered. Any events if they did happen that night are now very mysterious. Some witnesses say they saw the ocean burning and others they heard explosions and voices of people in pain on the beach. The next witness statements take place over the next few days when they saw badly burned bodies wearing German uniforms wash up on beaches and in ports as far down as Felixstowe. The estimate of numbers range from a few to several hundreds and other wit-nesses claim they were buried in a large mass grave on the beach under the Shingle or trans-ported further in land”. 1941; Having attained the age limit of liability to recall, Charles ceases to belong to the Reserve of Officers 1941-45; No note of war service other than on a number of (Airforce) lists he is still noted as a member of the Royal Engineers and Signals Board but this could be an oversight. 1947-49 In 1947 Charles became Mayor of Aldeburgh about 20 miles from Shingle Street 1957; He died in 1957 at the age of 76. He was an avid sportsman playing Cricket for the Royal Engineers as well as being the president of the Royal Engineers Golf club; he published a small booklet “Coastal Erosion at Aldeburgh” by C. E. Colbeck and helped found the “Aldeburgh Festival” He lived in Thellusson lodge Aldeburgh a grade II listed town house which was part of the mansion built by the Marquis of Salisbury at the end of the 18th century later he moved to "Berwick Berners" Victoria Road, Aldeburgh
  3. To continue the espionage theme, here is a single british war medal..........Lt Walter Reginald Ames, Royal Fusiliers and Intelligence Corps; Born 1890, his father was John Carlovitz Ames a renowned composer and whose mother was Clara Henriette Marie, Gräfin von Pölzig. Clara married the British ship-owner George Acland Ames on 13 July 1854. Clara and Ames separated in July 1869, and Clara returned to Pölzig. She lived as a "the young countess" in the Schloss and died 10 years later in Beiersdorf. The Ames family in England inherited the Schloss on the death in of 1884. Walter went to school at Clifton collage and then went to work on the family estate near Korschen in East Prussia until the Germans attacked Russia in 1914 and the subsequent Russian invasion (see the press clipping; He is noted as being an Interpreter before being gazetted on the 10 December 1914 as a 2nd Lt and noted as serving in the 10th (Intelligence) Bn, Royal Fusiliers; http://archive.org/stream/RoyalFusiliersIntelligenceCorps1914-18/TheRoyalFusiliersAndTheIntelligenceCorps_djvu.txt No mention of his war service other than him not being able to be posted to the Mediterranean and him returning to be discharged on medical grounds in 1917, noting his service being with the 5th Bn Royal Fusiliers from the 13th Bn although on his “Return” certificate he is noted as being in the Intelligence Corps (confirmed on his MIC). He clearly did not deploy to France until 1916 and was awarded the British war and Victory medal for his service, He is noted being discharged as having having Osteo-arthritis and was awarded the silver war/wound badge. His medals were sent in 1923 to an address in Luxemburg His medical condition seems to have not stopped him working as he is noted on his marriage licence in 1923 as being a “Courier, Foreign Office” In 1941 it is noted that he was living in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt Am Main, Hessen (Hesse) No other information is currently available.
  4. Paul, I have come across this http://archiv.sachsen.de/archiv/bestand.jsp?guid=9c0bc0d7-0ff4-460c-b7a4-b58c8efd68f0 Karl Meißnest geb. 20.10.1884 in Leonberg, Krs. Böblingen Gärtner Durchgangsgefangener von Berlin ins KZ Dachau.- Enthält auch: Durchgangsgefangene Johann Steffl von Berlin-Moabit nach Ebrach, Walter Paul Zocher von Dresden ins KZ Dachau, Walter Reginald Ames von Berlin ins Zivilinterierungslager Würzburg und Valentino Petroni von Berlin zur Übergabe an die Grenzpolizeibehörde Brenner. So it answers the question as to where he was in 1941
  5. Lieutenant Heinrich Friedrich Alfred Schulze, Born 17 Nov 1889, Kassel, Hessen. It appears he was an He was ordonnanz officer (Originally Train?) to the commander of army division "Scholtz" on the eastern front, his task as I understand it was to assist the group commander in all manner of tasks from liaison to being the commander’s eyes on the ground... then in 1918 while serving in the Ukraine he transferred to the Geheime Feldpolizei, which was largely responsible for counter espionage against the Red Army in the Poltava area He was awarded both the Iron Cross 1st (signed by Graf von Schwerin) and 2nd class (documents attached) I have also read an excellent book "Bolsheviks in the Ukraine" by Adams and here https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geheime_Feldpolizei_(Erster_Weltkrieg) Questions; 1) Is there any evidence that "ordonnanz officer" or "Orderly Officer" would be involved as an Intelligence officer or was an Intelligence officer ? 2) Is there any good English language books or articles on the "Geheime Feldpolizei" generally and more specifically in the Ukraine 3) Welcome any thoughts and suggestions on research avenues 4) Is the EK1 signed by this person https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detlof_von_Schwerin 5) Has anyone any further information of Herr Schulze Thanks, Paul
  6. An interesting pass to Hartwig Pohlman Oberst a.D, his father was Generalltn of Engineers Friedrich Wilhelm Pohlman and he himself served in the Great War winning both 2nd (13 July 1917) and 1st class (10 June 1918) Iron cross with Grenadier Regiment 5 Question; Has anyone got the history of the Regiment to find out how the EKs were won? Serving throughout the interwar period and promoted Lt Colonel in 1939 and Colonel on the 1st December 1941. Winning the EK 1& 2 Spanges in 1939, West wall in 1940, a Bulgarian order in 1941, Silver wound badge and silver infantry assault in 1943, he was appointed Kommandant of Festung Gironde On the 25th of May 1944 (according to his records) an incident concerning an Oberleutnant Walter Dressel of the 2. Leiche Flak-Abteilung 999 (v) at the Hotel de Franc in Fontenay in which Dressel was shot by Pohlman?? "In May 1944. Pohlmann and a Major of Generalstaff returned from a visit at Feldmarschall v. Rundstedt and were met by a riotous Oberleutnant in their Hotel and tried to calm him down. But it seems that the Oberleutnant didn't want to follow any orders and Pohlman and the Major tried to arrest him. Later the Oberleutnant loaded his pistol and in the end he was dead. Pohlmann was accused for shooting him". I have confirmed the death of Dressel as the 25 may 1944 Pohlman was found guilty and removed from post....pending going to court Pohlman after the incident wrote; "that he is deeply disappointed because of getting no War decorations since 1939 although being in active service as well as being offended in his honour as officer". Additionally he is angry about being put in for the German Cross in Gold two times without it being awarded as well as not being promoted although many younger officers were already Generals. Furthermore it seems that he was imprisoned in Giessen and the Wehrmacht prison in Torgau. Later at the Reichs War Court of Justice he was absolved. He then went onto the Fuhrers reserve until the end of the war? Later he then went into the Bundeswehr as a Colonel and wrote a number of books Welcome any other information on Pohlman, thanks, Paul
  7. Nice picture that hopefully will come my way The IWM has an oral history as follows; EEL 1 Recollections of service as officer with 36th Prussian Div in Ypres area, Belgium, 8/1917-9/1917: situation; conditions of service; battalion relief system; counter-attack following attack of 51st Div 20/9/1917; reaction to kilted soldiers; comparison of attitude of British and French wounded POWs. Recollections of German offensive in St Quentin sector,Somme area, France, 21/3/1918-28/3/1918: arrival of divisions from Eastern Front; prior training and state of morale, 1/1918; move into line in St Quentin area, 2/1918; capture of British POW from 36th Div whilst patrolling in No Man's Land; final preparations and state of morale, 20/3/1918; preliminary bombardment; attack in severe fog across No Man's Land and story of capturing British artillery battery from rear; ground attack from British aircraft; British POWs; breakthrough and question of cavalry exploitation; Recollections of operations, 4/1918-8/1918: move and subsequent offensive in Chemin des Dames sector, 4/1918-5/1918; question of state of civilian morale in Germany; failure of attack across River Marne effects of arrival of US troops, 7/1918; state of morale and effects of losses during retreat, 7/1918-8/1918; capture, 27/8/1918. Recollections of German offensive in St Quentin sector, 21/3/1918: final preparations and state of morale, 20/3/1918; attack in severe fog across No Man's Land and story of capturing British artillery battery from rear. Recollections of operations, 4/1918-8/1918: move and subsequent offensive in Chemin des Dames sector, 4/1918-5/1918; question of state of civilian morale in Germany; failure of attack across River Marne effects of arrival of US troops, 7/1918; state of morale and effects of losses during retreat, 7/1918-8/1918.
  8. Paul, this link is broken, would you have another...? thanks, Paul
  9. Can anyone identify this ribbon, 82nd Division AEF 1917-18, thanks, Paul
  10. Help with ribbon

    Gentleman many thanks for this
  11. Hi, can this helmet be identified, thank, Paul
  12. Here is a small flag, car pennant about 18 inches x 12 Inches, in the style of a normal Reich flag but with a printed colonial eagle...thoughts
  13. Here is a recent pickup,direct from the family whether put together or not, (with a 1916 bayonet more likely)
  14. If this offends anyone please remove, this is what I concealed on the bayonet, which may indicated "Africa", does this help ?
  15. Have his first name as "Hugh", great group, thanks for showing
  16. Named to "Septimus Beevor", Electrical and automobile engineer and Inventor 1866: Septimus Felix Beevor was born in the last quarter of 1866 Marylebone, London. 1871: Septimus lived at 129 Harley Street, Marylebone London with his father Charles Beevor (Surgeon), mother Elizabeth (born Burell), three brothers two sisters and five servants. As a note, thier next door neighbor in nr. 131, retired Major General Henry Blois Turney (or Turner), Royal Engineers with family. In number 127 lived Vicar of St. Lawrence Jewry, Benjamin Morgan Cowie (1816-1900), with his family. 1872: Septimus's father Charles died in the first quarter of 1872. 1881: Septimus, still living with his mother, now a widow, at 129 Harley Street, with two of his brothers, two sisters and five servants. 1885: Septimus attended Cambridge University - From: Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900. Adm. (age 18) at TRINITY HALL, 1885. S. of Charles, Esq., F.R.C.S., of 129, Harley Street, London, W. [Schools, Harrow and Wellington.] Matric. Michs. 1885; B.A. 1888. Electrical and automobile engineer. Died Nov. 1, 1918. Brother of Henry M. (1876), etc. (Harrow School Registry.) 1890: He had a provisional patent proved May 31st 1890. "Improvements in electrical switches on apparatus for making and breaking electrical circuts. Septimus Felix Beevor, 433 Strand, London. 1891: In 1891, age 24 he still lived at 129 Harley street, with his mother, two siblings and five servants. He was now working as an Electrical Engineer. Septimus married Jane Stirling in the third quarter of 1891. 1899: Septimus was a member of Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland (Founded 1897 - Later Royal Automobile Club), and took part in the "House Dinner held on February 8th 1899" 1901: In the 1901 Census, Septimus Beevor was living at 25 Leinster Square, Paddington Parish with his wife Jane, their three children: Jean E. Beevor (Born 1893), Henry Stirling Beevor (July 25th 1894)* and Felix Victor Beevor (Born December 11th 1897)**. Also a servant (nurse) was living with the family. 1911: Septimus was single in 1911 (divorced?), living alone at 4n Hyde Park (unreadable). 1913: Septimus was mentioned in the "Installation News" of October 1913. He was apparently a member of the Batti-Wallahs Society, which is an association of marine electrical engineers. "The society was founded in 1906 by P&O Line electrical engineers, who provided navigational lighting for shipping passing through confined waters such as the Suez Canal. Membership was later extended to electrical engineers in the RN and merchant shipping lines. 'Batti- wallah' is derived from the Hindustani for 'lamp men'." Source: Navy News, October 2008. 1918: Septimus Felix Beevor living 10th Cambridge Terrace, Hyde Park, Middlesex, died November 1st 1918, 52 years old. He left behind his widow Jane Beevor, and 1631 Pounds 18s. 6d. Notes: Septimus's brother, Charles Edward Beevor (June 12, 1854- December 5, 1908) was an English neurologist and anatomist who described Beevor's sign, the Jaw jerk reflex, and the area of the brain supplied by the anterior choroidal artery. He also coined Beevor's axiom that "the brain does not know muscles, only movements." * Henry S. Beevor served with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry as Private with the number 69. He was commisioned 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Munster Fusiliers, and is entitled to a 15-Star trio. ** Felix Victor Beevor was killed in action 18 years old during The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, July 15th 1916, 5th Battalion (attached to 1st Battalion) Middlesex Regiment. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial. Sadly his duties as a special are not available nor the means of his death, as ever always welcome more information
  17. Nice tunic, dated 1879, original white belt with blue cloth backing
  18. Card attached with his photo says that he was on the way to Germany. He was “in service” (probably not military but governmental instead). His trade is listed “Businessman” and his religious “Luthern”. He came from County Kurtna. It is about 50 km to south from Tallinn.
  19. No..yes not in the book but annexed as C F JOOLMAN Captain, Intelligence Corps, found this as well