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  1. Hi Duncan, The abbreviation on your Samar Seva Star stands for, I think, Armoured Corps. This would fit with his rank being Sowar which was originally a cavalry rank. Sorry I can't help with the other abbreviations but hope this is some help anyway. Regards, David
  2. Hello Michael, You have been lucky that at least some of these medals have remained in your family. Regards, David
  3. Hello Michael, As far as I know the medals are no longer with the family. I suspect that they were thrown out in some type of 'tidy up' after J.J. Stolz died. I am going to get the three medals that he was entitled to so that at least a representation of his awards is in the current family. Regards, David
  4. Hello Michael, Thank you very much for your reply to my inquiry. It is very much appreciated. Rev. Stolz was General President (equivalent of Archbishop) of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia from 1925 to 1953. Until I discovered that he had been awarded the 1953 Coronation Medal it had never occurred to me that he would have been entitled to any type of medals at all! All the best, David
  5. Hello everyone, Recently I've been researching some parts of my wife's family history and I discovered that her Great-Grandfather, Rev. Johannes Julius Stolz, was awarded the 1953 Coronation Medal. My query is can anyone confirm this award and I think he was also awarded the 1935 Jubilee Medal and the 1937 Coronation Medal. All awards would have been made to him in Australia. If anyone can confirm these three medal awards it would be greatly appreciated. All the best, David
  6. Hello Peppe864, The VX prefix on the Pacific Star also denotes a Victorian enlistment (hence the V) in the Australian Imperial Force A.I.F. (hence the X). Hope this is some help. Regards, David
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    Bengal Assam Clasp on Sainya Seva Medal and other service

    Hello Hugh, Thanks for he suggestion about sagongs. Sorry I haven't listed more details The group is to a Rifleman in the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. It consists of: 1. Sainya Seva medal with clasp 'Bengal Assam" 2.Paschmi Star 3.Sangram Medal 4.25 Year Independence Medal 5.9 Year Long Service Medal The group is on ebay. Have a look it seems a very nice group. I'm just a bit wary of groups that might have missing medals. Regards, David
  8. Hello Simon, Thanks so much for your reply. Major Watts commanded a RASC Company based in Jerusalem for a while but he may not have been in the area long enough to qualify for the GSM. Again thank you. All the best, David
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    Bengal Assam Clasp on Sainya Seva Medal and other service

    Hello Hugh, Thanks for replying to my post. I've seen a medal group on line that has the Sainya Seva with 'Bengal Assam' clasp and 1971 service medals. The group had no Raksha medal, so I was wondering if it is likely to be a broken group. It would be a shame as it is a lovely group of five. Regards, David P.S. sorry about the messy way I have replied as I haven't been on this site for quite a while it will take me a bit of time to get use to using it again.
  10. Perhaps if no one can answer this query for me then someone may know of a medal roll that might be of some help? David
  11. Hi, I don't know if this is of any help but the website Naval-History.Net also has a listing of Imperial Service Medals and imperial Service orders from the London Gazette. I was researching an ISM and simply typed in 'Imperial Service Medal' in their search engine on the site and I found the London Gazette listings. BTW the whole site looks excellent. All the best, David Vivian
  12. Hello Everyone, It's been a while since I've posted anything on this South Asia section of this forum. My question is: what are the qualifying dates for the Sainya Seva medal with clasp 'Bengal Assam'? Would some one with this medal and clasp who went on to service in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War also be entitled to the 1965 Raksha medal? Regards, David
  13. Hello everyone, It's been a long time since of posted on this forum. However, I wonder if someone can help me? Would anyone out there know if Major Arthur Edmund Watts RASC was entitled to the General Service medal with 'Palestine 1945-48' Clasp? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards, David P.S. His service number is: 210132
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    My first Golden Kite

    There is something very lovely about Japanese medals. The detail on this medal is beautiful.
  15. Thanks for suggesting this book. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. The fact that this book was published way back in 1961 shows what an under researched topic the Special Constabulary must be.