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  1. American (US) Victory Medals

    Not sure how you got that from what I said, I was merely quoting a contemporary book on medals. Thanks for the additional information though.
  2. American (US) Victory Medals

    Here is my first US Victory Medal, which I recently won at auction. I wanted one from the Italian Front as it is a particular area of interest for me (unfortunately I also bid on a Vittorio-Veneto/Defensive Sector medal but didn't win). My thanks to previous to johnnymac for the below posts showing who would be entitled to the Italy clasp. As for the Navy/Marine Corps, the regulations for those entitled are: "Italy. - Personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps who sailed from the United States prior to 11 November 1918, regardless of the date of arrival in that country, or the fact that the returned to the United States without disembarking, are eligible for the Service Clasp of that country. (Approved SevNav 5 October 1940)" Source: Decorations, Medals Ribbons, Badges of the United States Navy Marine Corps and Coast Guard (1948). Does any one have a list of which ships and/or Marine Corps units would be entitled? .
  3. But why a KGV DCM? And why a Rosette? Perhaps a bar to the DCM? Pardon my ignorance..
  4. Italy / unknown medal / badge

    I thought Hugh was kidding around then I actually looked at the medal..
  5. Sound reasoning Brian, loads of practical explanations for the hat badge on the helmet being used. My examples were merely from Toronto. It looks like William Scully sold these types of hat badges to many Canadian departments. As for the white helmet - I can tell you that Toronto Police practice was to wear white helmets during the summer months.
  6. I'd say based on its length, Canadian. And it would be worn on the Balmoral headdress. I could be wrong as I'm no expert but i was attached to the Black Watch in Montreal in 2005-06
  7. Consistent with the Black Watch
  8. Hoarder to Historian

    I'm dying. This is great
  9. What's the Latvian equivalent of Sausage and Sauerkraut?
  10. Italian Trumpet Banner

    Well it's a trumpet banner for the 36° Reggimento Artiglieria aka the 36th Artillery Regiment. It bears their insignia. I would search their history for an accurate time frame. It is also laden with insignia of the Italian Royal House of Savoy.
  11. 1928, Patrol Sergeant Scott in Winter Patrol Dress I thought I would share an article here that those who frequent this board may find interesting. It recounts the story of Henry Earl Scott, a Toronto Police officer who won the Military Medal and King's Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry - the only Canadian police officer to hold both awards (one Canadian firefighter was also decorated with both). Interestingly both deeds were done without firing a shot and the incidents happened decades apart, though he had long and distinguished service in between. Scott never had children and his memory faded into obscurity until last year when some other research uncovered this interesting man. Here is the link: http://tpsnews.ca/stories/2018/01/remembering-humble-hero/
  12. Left one photo out by mistake, 1934, Mounted Police at the CNE Warrior's Day Parade
  13. I concur that these are cap badges for forage caps (peaked caps). Whereas the custodian helmet (with its larger helmet plate) was in use for general patrol, by the the early 1920's, forage caps were in use for specialized positions such as mounted officers, motorcycle duty, bandsmen, senior officers, and others . By the late 40's early 1950's forage caps were were in widespread use, and continue to be the standard headress for the Toronto Police Service. The helmet plate and the forage cap's badges were the same in design but differed in size (whereas the senior officers wore a different cap badge bearing the City of Toronto's coat of arms). Here are some photos from the City of Toronto Archives: 1920, Three Policemen (The other officers are wearing the winter patrol lambskin hat) 1923, Toronto Police Silver Band at Massey Hall 1924, Inspector Essen Bond (wearing the different cap badge for senior officers) 1926, Motorcycle Division with Chief Draper 1929, Police Promotions - George Smith (the larger helmet plate is apparent) 1949, Police Constables in new Summer Dress
  14. Hi Rob, Can you tell me where you found this picture? Is it from the ICRC Archives? I'm trying to locate photos of 2 interned POW's, Canadians captured at Ypres - Angus Ferguson #28022 15th Battalion CEF and Harry Rainbow #9627 3rd Battalion CEF. Both men were Toronto policemen and the effects of their captivity ruined the rest of their lives (I'm writing a short story that I will eventually link here). I've downloaded some of their documents from the ICRC Archives but I would love some advice on where I can try to find photos of their captivity. What a great thread this is - amazing collections here. Azyeoman thanks for your posts and writeups.
  15. Hi Folks, Can someone help me identify the insignia below? It looks to be a WW1-era Canadian Military Police insignia but I haven't seen any like it nor is there anything like it on the Canadian Military Police museum website. There is no maker's mark and the back looks unusual with no lugs - any thoughts on what it would attach to?
  16. My next question at this point is why someone would have this made? It's not really a "reproduction " because no one can identify the source..
  17. Turn of the Century FFL Document

    Ah that sounds more like it. I may be wrong on his service dates but it's somewhere in that ballpark. Looks like his route from Marseille to St Julien (near the Swiss border and close to Geneva) was for a visit home. Let's put a face to the name: 1898 Portrait of Légionnaire Henri Bertholet, at Diego Suarez, Madagascar. I'll post a newspaper article in a little bit that was published in a Montreal newspaper in the '40s with some stories from his service.
  18. Turn of the Century FFL Document

    Hey Folks, I wanted to share what I believe is a Legion discharge document. My grandfather was showing me this paper belonging to his grandfather Henri Bertholet, a Swiss (from Geneva) member of the French Foreign Legion from about 1896-1901. He served in Algeria and Madagascar. From what I can glean from this document he served in the 2e Régiment étranger and was discharged in August 1901 with nothing but a few francs. Can anyone provide a better analysis?
  19. 2 Valour Medals

    Beautiful medals, thanks for sharing. I've always found the Medaglia Al Valore Militare to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing bravery medals. Here is the citation for Marconi's Silver medal, which took place during the Fourth Battle of the Isonzo: MARCONI Ulisse, da Magione (Perugia), soldato zappatore fanteria, n. 25771 matricola. Primo fra tutti, si slanciava all'assalto delle trincee nemiche, trascinando con l'esempio i compagni. Non riuscito l'assalto, si porta sotto un fuoco micidiale di mitragliatrice e fucileria avversarie, per ben sei volte, fuori delle nostre trincee, a raccogliere i compagni feriti. - Bosco Cappuccio, 10 novembre 1915. Which can be viewed here: http://decoratialvalormilitare.istitutonastroazzurro.org/docs/e-1915 vol_2/1915 vol_2_00000338.JPG and here is my attempt at the translation: Private Ulisse MARCONI, of Magione (province of Perugia), Pioneer Infantry, Regimental No. 25771. First, by launching himself forward in the assault on enemy trenches, he led others of his company forward by his example. After the assault failed, he left our trenches under deadly machine-gun and rifle fire six times to collect his wounded comrades. Bosco Cappuccio, 10 November 1915. .
  20. Hmmm the plot thickens.. All good suggestions - thanks Peter and Simon. If it is a reproduction I'm glad I didn't pay much for it. I'll update this thread if I get any new insight. Matt
  21. Regio Esercito Shooting Medals [Italy]

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  22. I've recently acquired two Italian Army (Regio Esercito) shooting competitions from the Kingdom of Italy period. I can infer some knowledge from the medals alone but can anyone help me pinpoint when they were issued? Also, are the ribbons correct? Can anyone tell me more about these? Italian Army Shooting Competition Medal for Officers in Bronze, King Umberto I issue (1878-1900). Obverse: Umberto I Re d'Italia (Umberto I, King of Italy). Speranza was the firm which acted as Royal Mint from 1870-1903 Reverse: Esercito Italiano (Italian Army) Gara di Tiro Fra Ufficiali (Shooting Competition for Officers) The design is a target with crossed rifles surrounded by a wreath of oak and olive and surmounted by the Savoy Eagle. Italian Army Shooting Competition Medal for Junior Ranks in Silver, King Vittorio Emmanuele III issue (1900-1946). Obverse: Vittorio Emmanuele III Re D'Italia (Vittorio Emmanuele III, King of Italy). The mark of the Zecca Regno or Royal Mint can be seen at bottom. Reverse: Gare fra Caporali e Soldati (Competition for Corporals and Privates) The design is a target with crossed rifles surrounded by a wreath of oak and olive and surmounted by the Savoy Eagle.
  23. Hmm not sure why that is. Here are the direct links to the images: https://vgy.me/9dJ6kl.jpg (front) https://vgy.me/O7oNqS.jpg (rear) https://vgy.me/IhQOtX.jpg (scale) I haven't seen cap badges or similar insignia that actually saythe word "police" on it...