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Wessel Gordon

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    Military history and medals, military commanders, dogs, reading

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  1. Gavinmedals, I approached Dewald Nel with my inquiry and he could not promise results for the reasons you stated above. I am just curious and if I never find out who the medal originally belonged to I won't lose any sleep over it.
  2. I'm the first one to admit I'm a novice medal collector/enthusiast so please correct me if I'm wrong but this helmet seems to be in exceptionally good condition for something that's reputedly a century old.
  3. Laurentius, Does the same principle apply to an American soldier? I've seen some generals and other high-ranking officers that have a ribbon bar that looks like it could be quite heavy and always wondered if their branch of service or the officer involved paid for it. Wessel
  4. Bayern, Does that mean if war broke out a general holding the first rank automatically gets promoted to Generalfeldmarshall? Or did it happen that that specific officer was just promoted to GFM for the duration of hostilities? I've done quite a bit of reading about the Second World War and noticed that officers got temporary promotions to higher ranks and once the war is over they revert to their pre-war rank.
  5. Besides the well-fed and relaxed attitude if you look closely at the images they seem very sharp and detailed, perhaps not what one would expect of cameras at that time. You also have to consider the roughly 70 years originals would have been around and would have appeared more aged.
  6. Could it perhaps be a medallion from a botanical society? The motif on the obverse and the word ''rose'' on the reverse seems to point to that.
  7. Is it permissible to copy another's website link here of the kind of magnifier I am interested in?
  8. Thanks for all the replies. Want some input before I over-spend on something I'd likely never use.
  9. Exactly my thoughts on the second question. Most of my slowly growing collection are copies, I just like the idea that I have a representation of whatever medal takes my fancy.
  10. Unfortunately I can't help with translating the Japanese but those are two very good looking medals.
  11. Peter, As you saw on the war memorials being named after family can cause a researcher to bang his head against those memorials in frustration. i'm not sure if it's a worldwide custom but South African families often have nicknames for family members that's unique to that family member i.e. a physical characteristic or character trait...I for one have a cousin we all call ''Naughty Pete'' because he was always up to some mischief. So knowing those nicknames of prior generations can go a long way in helping someone researching a family. Some kind of in-law relative of mine (my fourth cousin once removed's husband or something) sent me his great grandfather's diary that he kept while he was a POW on Ceylon. While it's sometimes tricky to translate the essentially Dutch into Afrikaans the details that come through about conditions are harrowing.
  12. Mike, Thank you very much. Your link cracked open the mystery and answered the question that nobody in the family could answer (except my great grandfather who refused to talk about it) for over a hundred years. I now know his POW Camp as well as his POW number. Kind regards, Wessel
  13. I did some more digging in the meantime. The individual that I spotted on the site you provided carries the ''family names'' of the family of my great-grandfather. That basically means he carried the same names as his father or paternal grandfather in the case of an eldest son. Second sons would carry the names of their maternal grandfather and additional sons would carry the names of their father's brother, then mother's brother in rotation. I did find someone on a genealogical website that's married to my fourth cousin once removed or something and he's willing to help track family members for me.
  14. Coldstream, From the picture and description it's clear that there's no bar for this particular medal.
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