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  1. SemperParatus

    MM Gazette entry

    Found it Here There is no citation which is normal for MM's. Check the National Archives UK for the unit war diary which may have some clues.
  2. I tried to find a mention of him in Gen. Maynard's book "The Murmansk Venture", no luck unfortunately.
  3. Hey Gents, A few months back I acquired a 1911 Visit to Ireland Medal named to "1788 Cpl. C.M. Wood R.N.W.M.P. CANADA". From what I can tell it was first sold by DNW Auctions in 2001 and then from Tanya Ursual Antiques. I find it very unusual and perhaps unique that a 1911 Visit to Ireland Medal was named to a Royal North West Mounted Police corporal - The RNWMP is the precursor to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of today. The medals were issued unnamed and recipients typically had them named privately. The naming on this medal is consistent with others of the period. There are also contact marks suggesting it may have been mounted with other medals. Taken from the Royal Irish Constabulary forum: Based on Royal Mint records (MINT 20/468) the actual distribution of the medals was as follows: Royal Irish Constabulary - 1022 RIC Office Staff - 24 Dublin Metropolitan Police - 1314 DMP Office Staff - 4 St John Ambulance Brigade - 92 Kingstown Harbour Police - 11 Phoenix Park and St Stephens Green Police - 10 TOTAL - 2477 Unfortunately CM Wood does not show up in Library and Archives Canada’s NWMP Personnel Files 1873-1904 collection so I presume he would have joined after 1904. There is no record I could find in their spotty collection of 1904-1920 RNWMP records. A few CM Woods show up in the CEF Personnel Files but none with the occupation of policeman (this was a theory due to the contact marks indicating other medals). Does anyone know of a medal register of the RCMP LS&GC medal? I emailed the RCMP Historical Section four months ago and have yet to receive a reply. A few questions for the forum: Is anyone aware of the RNWMP sending any personnel to Ireland? Did the RNWMP provide Consulate/Embassy security? Did the RNWMP send members on exchange or training with Irish police forces such as the Royal Irish Constabulary? Are there any lists of the 1911 RNWMP Coronation delegations? Does CM Wood show up in any Irish censuses or RIC/DMP files? Is there anywhere else I can look for a service file for Cpl Wood?
  4. Can anyone with a copy of the North West Canada (1885) Medal Rolls check for a Frederick Walter TUCKER, Canadian Militia on the list? The search function on Library and Archives Canada doesnt come back with a match but I don't know how reliable it is.
  5. Defence Medal was for service at the time but not necessarily military service - service in certain civil defence / aid organizations also led to the award of the Defence Medal. The qualifying periods and organizations can be found on Wikipedia or elsewhere.
  6. Odin, thanks to your post above I was able to find some documents relating to my coronation pair recipient. Cheers!
  7. The first man's sleeve insignia appears to me to be Overseas Service Chevrons with a "Driver" Proficiency Badge above it, which would be consisted with his mounted uniform.
  8. A little more information on where these men lived around the time of their service would be helpful towards identifying the units based on some visual clues... At first glance the first man's 1903 Leather Bandolier indicates a cavalry, artillery or mounted infantry unit.
  9. Great story. Glad the medals are in good hands.
  10. SemperParatus

    MIC Analysis - Lt Rumble RGA

    Fantastic, thanks guys.
  11. Hey folks, Just would like to confirm some information. Connor Rumble, a policeman in Toronto, joined the Canadian Field Artillery in 1916 as an enlisted man. Rumble had previously served 12 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery prior to emigrating to Canada. While in England with the CFA in 1917, he was granted an "imperial commission" and transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery. Am i correct to interpret this MIC as Rumble having served in England only (due to the award of the BWM but nothing else, and Theatre of War left blank)? Also what does "E.F.G. Ret'd 30.10.26" mean? Are any other markings on the card of any important significance? Cheers
  12. SemperParatus

    Help finding information of WWII Italian Officer

    I have found some other Edoardo Barberis' Birth Certificate: Edoardo Francesco Antonio BARBERIS, born 7 July 1889 in Savona, Italy. Military Casualties of WW1 Albo Oro: Edoardo BARBERIS, born 11 September 1896 at Cavaglia, Vercelli, Italy. Died of Wounds on 28 July 1916 Perhaps it is not as rare of a name as we first thought.
  13. Yes good point, I'd say you're correct here. I guess I've come used to seeing the 1939-45 Star and Defence Medal through a Canadian lens (the DM having a shorter qualifying period I believe) . For example many of the POWs captured at Dieppe qualified for the Defence Medal and the 1939-45 Star. I believe the same is true for other raids/operations earlier in the war.
  14. Or in captivity...
  15. An interesting WW1 naval group. Don't see too many where I am. The WW2 group also nice points to service in the early ground campaigns (absence of other campaign stars) to a regular army soldier.
  16. SemperParatus

    1914-15 Star Dublin?

    Thanks for the list!
  17. SemperParatus

    1914-15 Star Dublin?

    Would the Balkan theater not be Salonika? Or is that "Asia" on the cards? Not well versed in the MICs
  18. SemperParatus

    Help finding information of WWII Italian Officer

    Here is a template for you to mail an information request (which I have used successfully - in my case they pointed me to the locale comune (municipality) whose archive held the information I needed): ***************** Mailing Address: Centro Documentale di Caserta Viale Douhet 1 81100 CASERTA CE ITALY ***************** A sample template in Italian for a full request should be : Centro Documentale di (ADD CITY NAME) Esercito Italiano (ADDRESS OF THE DOCUMENTATION CENTER) Egregi signori, il sottoscritto (YOUR NAME), residente in (YOUR ADDRESS), nella qualità di discendente diretto, richiede il rilascio di copia (dello stato di servizio FOR OFFICERS, OR del foglio matricolare FOR OTHER RANKS, CHOSE THE PROPER ONE) di (NAME OF THE RELATIVE), nato il (BIRTH DATE) a (NAME OF THE BIRTH TOWN) provincia di (NAME OF THE DISTRICT), che ha prestato servizio nel (NAME OF THE UNIT) durante la (NAME OF CONFLICT ie Primera Guerra Mondiale OR Seconda Guerra Mondiale). Cordiali Saluti (YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND SIGNATURE) ************ Translation in english : Dear sirs, the requestant (YOUR NAME), living in (YOUR ADDRESS), as a direct relative, requests a copy of (the "stato di servizio" FOR OFFICERS, OR the "foglio matricolare" FOR OTHER RANKS, CHOSE THE PEOPER ONE) " of (NAME OF THE RELATIVE). born on (BIRTH DATE) in (NAME OF THE BIRTH TOWN) district of (NAME OF THE DISTRICT), who served in the (NAME OF THE UNIT) during (NAME OF CONFLICT ie. World War 1 or World War 2). INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS with your return address in your letter!
  19. Peter, thanks for your input on this, I was hoping you would make an appearance in this thread as I know you are an authority on the topic. As for RCMP files held in the archives, here is what Library and Archives Canada has to say on the topic: So no record found for CM Wood in the archives does not necessarily mean Cpl CM Wood did not exist. As for his purported Regimental Number 1788, it was in use from 1885 to 1887 by a James Mason who died of medical complications. My "hunch" when I purchased this medal was that the man was on some sort of exchange in a training capacity. The two agencies being similar in nature. A Corporal in the RNWMP was a NCO rank after all.
  20. Glad to hear about the credible sources, thanks Peter!
  21. Not yet, I don't currently have access and was hoping someone who does may help me in that regard. Cheers
  22. SemperParatus

    Help finding information of WWII Italian Officer

    I'm happy to help. I've done a lot of research from Canada on my Italian great grandfather and grandfather who fought in WW1 and WW2 respectively as well as their brothers, with barely being able to speak the language. It's taken me years but I more or less have their entire service history. I'm at work right now but will be happy to provide you with wh8ch archives to contact in Italy for help on this. As for the 7th Infantry... The Italian army had compulsory military service, and to help forge a national identity (modern Italy was confederated in the 1860s) typically filled line regiments with men from two different regions, gave the brigade a name of a region and then headquartered it an a different region from both it's name and from where the men were from. For example my great-grandfather from Molise was in the Parma Brigade and stationed in Genoa. The powers that be thought that would help their countrymen stop thinking as regional peoples (Calabrian, Genovese, etc) and start thinking as Italians. (In my personal opinion, units with regional or local identities have a higher esprit de corps and perhaps this explained some of Italys poor reputation on the battlefield... But I digress) Due to the above reasons I found it very difficult to find out where my relatives served but I eventually accomplished it, so there's hope for you yet.
  23. I imagine the same. Does anyone know of a medal roll or other way to see which organization he belonged to? Were students of the University of Edinburgh known for any specific civil defence/aid organization? Does anyone have an orbat for RADFORCE or know of a way I could determine which unit Smelt was posted to in Aden?
  24. Hey everyone, I managed to pick up this interesting little group at a local antique market in Toronto this past weekend. It is a group to named to Wing Commander C.M.E.(sic) Smelt RAF (the Defence Medal is unnamed as issued, and the GSM with Radfan Clasp is named). It is paired with miniatures. This is a couple of firsts for me - my first British GSM, my first RAF medals, and my first medals to an officer. Officers, thankfully, are much easier to research. I'd be happy to learn how he earned his Defence Medal and of more details related to his service during the Radfan Campaign (role, unit, location, etc). Here are some photos (click to enlarge): What I have so far: Charles Michael Casterton Smelt was born around 1923. Son of Captain William Anthony Casterton Smelt O.B.E., a first war pilot of the Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force and late Captain of the Essex Regiment. While Charles was growing up, his father William served in high level financial positions with the British North Borneo Company in British Borneo. During the Second World War, Charles attended medical school at the University of Edinburgh, and qualified for the Defence Medal. His father William, interned by the Japanese Occupation of British Borneo, survived and was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services during internment. Charles Smelt graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor in Medicine (M.B.). Smelt was granted an emergency commission into the Royal Army Medical Corps, and on 26 May 1949, was made a Lieutenant on a short service commission. On 8 May 1950 Smelt was promoted Captain. Smelt retired on 28 July 1953, but remained on strength of the Regular Army Reserve of Officers. On 25 Sept 1954, Smelt was appointed to the Royal Air Force Medical Branch, and made a Flight Lieutenant. Smelt by now was also a Bachelor of Surgery (Ch.B.). Smelt was again promoted on 5 July 1955 to Squadron Leader. Seven years later, Smelt, now alson a Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.) was promoted to Wing Commander on 5 July 1962. In 1964, Smelt served in the Radfan Campaign and the beginning of the Aden Emergency. Upon leaving the military in the late 70's, Smelt emigrated to Ontario, Canada, where he became a staff doctor in the Emergency Department of the Cornwall General Hospital. Smelt also worked as a Civilian Medical Officer in the Canadian Forces and as a physician for a company named Modern Industries. Smelt died in 1999. From to the London Gazette: Appointments to Short Service Commissions. R.A.M.C. From Emerg. Commn. to be Lts: C.M.C. Smelt, M.B. 26 May 1949. - L.G. 1949.06.09 Extract from the RAMC Journal. Royal Army Medical Corps. Promotions. To be Capts. (Short Serv. Commns.): Lt. CMC Smelt M.B. 8 May 1950. - L.G. Extract from the RAMC Journal. Royal Army Medical Corps. Short Service Commission. Capt. CMC SMELT, M.B (402282), retires with a gratuity, 28th July 1953. - L.G.4114 1953.07.28 Royal Army Medical Corps. Regular Army Reserve of Officers. Capt. CMC SMELT, M.B. (402282), ceases to belong to Reg. Army Res. of Offrs., 25th Sept 1954, on appt. to RAF (Medical Branch). - L.G. 696 1955.02.04 Royal Air Force. Medical Branch. Notification amended. 14th Dec 194 (p. 7063, col 2) concerning Charles Michael Casterton SMELT, M.B., Ch. B. (503951) for (Seniority 1st May 1948) read (seniority 5th Apr 1948). - L.G. 1533 1955.03.15 Royal Air Force. Medical Branch. Promotion. Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader. CMC SMELT, M.B., Ch.B. (503951). 5th July 1955. - L.G. 4114 1955.07.26 Royal Air Force. Medical Branch. Appointment to commission (Permanent). As Squadron Leader: - Charles Michael Casteron SMELT, M.B, Ch. B. (503951) 5th Apr 1957. - L.G. 3170 1957.05.28 Royal Air Force. Medical Branch. Promotion. Squadron Leader to Wing Commander. CMC SMELT, M.B., Ch.B. (503951). 5th July 1962. - L.G. 5478 1962.07.10 Royal Air Force. Medical Branch. The seniority of Wing Commander C.M.C. SMELT, M.B, Ch.B., D.P.H. (503951), is adjusted to 1st Apr 1962. - L.G. 8809 1962.11.13 And the below information is from the "Deaths" section of the Canadian Medical Association Journal dated 22 February 2000: Smelt, Charles M., Cornwall, Ont.; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1946; DPH; Royal Air Force; former staff, Emergency Department, Cornwall General Hospital; civilian medical officer, Canadian Forces; physician, Modern Industries. Died Sept. 23, 1999, aged 76. His obituary, quoting an earlier interview, explained his reasons for moving to Canada: "After retiring from the air force at age 55, I was facing a life of genteel poverty and I thought, 'To heck with that.'"