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  1. Hello Jef, The CE at the top of the tag is the religious denomination, in this case Church of England. As this chap is Army Service Corps the MT might stand for Motorised Transport. A nice ID disk as well thanks for showing it. I will have to see if I can find some more as I quite like them. Hi Paul, Do you have a photo of the tank corps disk? That would be a very nice one to own. Cheers Chris
  2. The last set is the modern laser engraved issue ID disks used by the NZDF today. The top disk shows what they look like fresh out the box with no wear to them. The bottom set was issued to a chap who served in Bosnia and Afghanistan (and probably many other places but still have a bit of research to do). Cheers Chris
  3. Second lot are WW2 issue. The top set look as though they are a replacement set, as the personal information has not been stamped, but rather the info has just been scratched into the surface of the disks. These were issued/used by a chap in 3rd Division in the Pacific. The bottom set is the more common officially stamped disks.
  4. As I have shown the unofficial ID disk I might as well show the official ones as well. First up typical Kiwi WW1 ID disks. Both these sets are early ID disk sets, as I believe the zinc disk was done away with as it caused skin complaints with some of the soldiers and in the end they just ended up wearing the two fibre disks.
  5. Have wanted an example of one of these for a while and managed to get one last week in an online auction, it arrived today and I am chuffed with it. These erased coin ID disks seem to be a fairly common way for kiwis (and probably other commonwealth troops) to beat the deficiencies of the issue fibre I.D. disks. I have seen the odd French or European coin pop up in an online auction every now and again but what makes this one cool is that it is Turkish coin. It originally belonged to 8/2837 Percy Campbell Austin of Dunedin who embarked for overseas service as part of the 7th reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battalion on the 9th October 1915. I might be stretching it but because it's a Turkish coin and because he left NZ in October, Percy might have picked up this coin from Gallipoli before the allied evacuation in December 1915. Would be very interested in seeing some more of these coin ID disks if anyone else has one to show.
  6. Ed and Tony, I could not agree more with both your sentiments. When I can I try and find out as much as possible about the original owners of my military items. It seems to make these little bits of cloth and metal more human and as you say Ed, sometimes we as collectors are the last people to remember that the original owners ever existed. Thanks very much for your comments chaps. Cheers Chris
  7. The Wainuiomata war Memorial.
  8. It?s just a simple little BWM but this is my most precious kiwi medal. I come from a little place (approx 17000 population) in NZ just outside of Wellington (the capital) called Wainuiomata. It?s a nice little place, fairly secluded, very working class but with a great community spirit and it?s a place I really like living in. During the First World War Wainui was a little rural village (pop less than 200 people) but like a lot of little communities through out NZ (and the rest of the world) the war touched here in quite a big way. Of the Wainui boys that went off to fight five never returned, and three of those were brothers. This little BWM was issued to the next of kin of one of those brothers. I never thought I would ever own a medal that was issued to a chap from my hometown let alone one that was issued for a chap that was killed in action. It is very special to me and I will do my best to look after it while it is in my care. I have just started to do a little research on William and his family but this will be and on going mission. One of the little pieces of info I have come across just recently was quite a freeky coincidence. The road I now live on was the southern boundary for William's fathers farm. So I guess the medal really has come ?home?. William Burrow Serial number: 11217 Killed in action: 29 September 1916 Memorial: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery (New Zealand) memorial, Longueval, Somme, France Two brothers also killed: Robert Burrow (17/12/1917) and Jack Burrow (died of disease 07/11/1918 so close to the end) Cheers Chris We will remember them.
  9. Have become a cloth picker late in my military collecting life. I collect mainly New Zealand patches and thought there might be some interest in these so thought I would show a few of the more interesting kiwi patches I have. Have made a few little groups with badges I have picked up recently. The Royal NZ Airforce police dog and search and rescue dog patches are fairly self explanatory. The KOSAID 1999 patch was worn by kiwi?s from the army and airforce who were involved in the Humanitarian Transport Assistance to Kosovo Refugees (KOSAID). The round UNPROFOR patch was worn by NZ troops in 1995 in Bosnia. The Mine clearance Training Unit UNTAC and the NZNAVDET (naval detachment) patches, were worn in Cambodia in 1992-93 and are both of Asian manufacture. The EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) patch is an unofficial tri-service patch issued in 1992 to trained men serving with an EOD unit. Kiwis in Antarctica wear the last group of patches. The NZ Army Support Group or ?Horse? patch is one of my favourites. Horse the cat is from a famous cartoon series in NZ. The small Bomb Troop badge was an unofficial badge worn by Ammunition Technical Officers in Antarctica during the summer programme of 1988. The round kiwi ?Scott Base? patch is another unofficial patch worn for the summer or winter season 2005-2006. Hope these have been of some interest and if you have any other kiwi patches feel free to show them here. Cheers Chris
  10. Thanks very much for the extra information Arthur. Cheers Chris
  11. Thanks very much for that Arthur. Funnily enough I had a feeling this was an Indian army patch. Do you not what period this patch would be from? Is it post WW2? Cheers again. Chris
  12. Bit of a mystery badge. I am fairly sure it's a commonwealth patch but really have no idea. Would like to know what it is so if someone can identify it I would really appreciate it. Cheers Chris
  13. There is for brit medals. This site is used mainly for Death plaques but there is a section if you make a donation you can also put in a request for medals. Web site:- http://www.members.aol.com/deathpenny1/index.htm Cheers Chris