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  1. Good evening, I have come across a box of family heirlooms and am trying to find a relationship here. I'm not sure if anybody would be able to cast some light. As you can see I have a broach bearing a small photograph, the broach says Mafeking. One of the cap badges is for the Finsbury Rifles but I cannot date this particular badge. The other two badges are the same, I cannot date or find the regiment but they bear the Latin motto: Motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense. Many thanks for any insights.
  2. Good evening, Have had this wound badge since I can remember. I know nothing about these. I wonder if anyone is able to provide me with some info on this one? Many thanks.
  3. Hi Chris, many thanks for your help.
  4. Good evening, I seem to have had this award forever but don’t know much about these. I am assuming this is a genuine. I wondered if anybody could date this for me? The number inscribed on the back is 2068572. Many thanks!
  5. So around 1945. That’s great. Many thanks for taking the time to reply!
  6. Hi Simon, Many thanks and sorry for the very late reply. Regards, simon
  7. Simon, Thats great, thank you very much! Your time and efforts are appreciated!
  8. Here are the names that may relate to the cap badges.Henry E Richards. Born 1878George F Richards. Born 1880Frederick A Richards. Born 1883John William Richards. Born 1867John Richards. Born 1842All born in London in areas of St Pancras, Islington, Tufnell Park.
  9. Hi Simon, I shall get some names from my mother soonest. Many thanks and regards.
  10. Thanks to both. Apologies for late reply!
  11. Hi, I am helping family with some Ancestry research and wondered if anybody would be able to point me in the right direction for a family member who served in British Army between 1839 - 1861. I have never researched this area so would appreciate some pointers and tips. The information I have is from UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920 Name: Pte. Benjamin Treadwell Service Start Year: 1839 Service End Year: 1861 Regiment: 91st REG. OF Foot Regimental Number: 90th Reg/1569 91/1602 Any help greatly appreciated and many thanks!
  12. Hi Mike, Thats great! Many thanks for the info and the help! Regards, Simon
  13. Hi Tim, many thanks for taking the time to check and to reply. Paul, that's great info and again many thanks for taking the time to get this info and to reply. I have him on the 'Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service 1756 - 1900 (90th Foot Soldiers 1816-1841)' with some of that info, but not certain if that means he spent time in Canada? Also, I assume that the 90th Foot is the 90th Regiment of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry)? I apologise for my ignorance, but the British Army and the era is not really my area of expertise. Also wondering why an Oxfordshire boy would end up serving in a Scottish infantry unit?? Many thanks again to both!
  14. Hi, I have recently been given my grandfathers service documents and photos and thought I would share some of them here. I don't know a lot of the details as I am still researching him, but I do know he was an RAF cadet in 1943 and went on to become a signaller in Dakotas. Most importantly for this thread, he was involved in the Berlin airlift of which I have a handful of pictures, but I must confess that I do not know much about the period. Hopefully there maybe some experts out there. Anyway, I hope these images are of some interest.
  15. Remember that during the war, for security reasons a cap tally would just read a simple 'HMS' so as not to give ships names away. This may well have been a throw back into early post war.
  16. Again pictures from the airlift, I think they speak for themselves.
  17. Pictures of what I am assuming is the airlift.
  18. Grandfather and buddies.
  19. Grandfather posing in a wrecked aircraft.
  20. I would put forward the suggestion that this is a commissioned officers cap and too ornate for a non-commissioned rank such as Petty Officer or Chief Petty Officer. I couldn't comment on the dating but I would say anywhere from rank of Sub Lt - Lt Cdr based on the fact that there is no gold braid around the peak of the cap that would suggest the rank of a senior officer such as Commander or above. Interesting links here: http://www.onesixth.co.uk/vb4forum/showthread.php?2198-WWII-Royal-Navy-Ratings http://www.thehistorybunker.co.uk/acatalog/British_headgear.html#a1725 http://www.militaryheadgear.com/items/5897 Odulf, apologies for not replying to you, but I have been away from forums for quite a while now.
  21. Hi, I have never come across an item like this before but I have only managed to find one reference to this pencil, perhaps you would be able to contact the Hood Association through their site for more details? An educated guess would be that the bookstall was on the ship for buying related memorabilia to send to loved ones. Much the way servicemen can buy ships/unit crested zippo lighters from the NAAFI.. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/today3.htm
  22. I don't know if anybody will remember this book. It was printed in 1982 and is a series of cartoons that were produced by 3 Royal Marine SNCOs. I picked a copy up when it was first published and still find it as amusing today as I did then. Being a little too young to have taken part in the conflict (by 3 years) I don't think I appreciated the humour as fully as I do now, I think the forces necessarily has an 'odd' sense of humour and I love the ability that comes with inter unit/service rivalry to poke fun at each other and ourselves in times of crisis. I am not sure whether anything has ever been published about recent conflicts and perhaps someone may be able to fill me in on that. I am not certain that this kind of humour would be well received by the general public today, perhaps due to differing attitudes/generations or perhaps just good taste?!
  23. Hi James, no problems at all, glad to be of help. You will find mention of Mock on chpt 44/45 in this text, but there may be more? He is mentioned as RNVR here.. http://www.archive.org/stream/northernbarr...itrich_djvu.txt For others who may be interested here is a link to the Yankee Mining Squadron http://www.archive.org/stream/yankeemining...00belk_djvu.txt
  24. Hi James and welcome Here is an interesting article with potentially your guy getting a mention, nothing else found as yet, I will let you know http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/aug/26/military.johnezard
  25. Simon F

    French Foreign Legion Cambodia

    Here is an album I was fortunate enough to pick up last year that I would like to share with you. This one is to a Kriegsmarine sailor who joined the FFL, presumably at the wars end or shortly after. The earliest dated photo is from 1947. First up is a picture of the owner.