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  1. Hi, I got yesterday this Austrian Military Merit Cross (Militärverdienstkreuz) and would like to know who was maker "E"? Like I understand second award clasp on the ribbon is pretty common thing?
  2. Hi guys, Here is my today's arrivals - all nice U.S. ribbon bars. But because I don't know much about that area, can you please have a look, confirm that I got ribbons right, help to ID some and if you don't mind, please feel free to add some extra information about them. Ok, lets start.... Bar No. 1 Nice 13 award ribbons/5 row bar on the felt. I presume this owner was officer, am I correct? Awards; 1. Legion of Merit (??????) 2. Silver Star 3. Bronze Star 4. Army Commendation Medal 5. Army Good Conduct Medal 6. American Defence Service Medal 7. American Campaign Medal 8. European - Africa - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (Star on it means battles?) 9. World War II Victory Medal 10. Army of Occupation Medal 11. National Defence Service Medal (what this leave indicate?) 12. Korean Service Medal with two stars (Stars again?) 13. United Nations Service Medal (for Korea?)
  3. Hi all, I have here one Finnish War of Independence medal that is made from iron and lacking any hallmarks under the sabre. Does some of you can advise who made these and what period? I have had Swedish made silver medals before with the hallmarks but this one is a mystery to me. Here is one another iron example but it is also hallmarked by Sweden maker as well: https://www.medals-orders.com/finland/finland-ww1-commemorative-medal-war-liberation-1918-finnish-independence-silver-military-decoration-wwi-sporrong.html Also, I do not have intending to keep it, so if any of you can advise in respect of fair value then that would be great. Thanks, Timo
  4. Hi all, Just a quick question - I came across in Dublin with the QSA with the "Transvaal" clasp that is named to "712 TRP. A.J.WHITNEY SAC". Ancestry showed that he served in the A Division South Africa Constabulary. I just would like to check are these medals researchable any future then only medal roll? How rare or common unit SAC is? Thanking you in advance, Noor
  5. Three or four of them were previously in my collection. I know in fact I have a name for Austrian medical doctor who two plastic ribbon bars you have. I need to dig out my old files.
  6. Hi all, I obtained a British War Medal that is named to Captain T.C.DEVLIN . Unfortunately I am not able to locate him on the Medal Index Cards patch or in the medal rolls. I have a feeling that he may be from South Africa or Canada forces. I am not sure how Australia and New Zealand named their officer's medals. However, with help from The Great War Forum members, they found out that there was one Captain T.C.Devlin in the British Army Lists, October 1912 - page 1362. Also Ancestry confirms that and shows his unit "Normal Coll CC". No idea what it is - Cadet College or something? Does any forum member here would be able to help me on the track in respect of this officer? Also I am missing fold3 access at the moment. If some of you who have an access would be so kind to download this page below and post it to here then that would be a great help. Thanking you in advance, Noor https://www.fold3.com/search/#query=Devlin&dr_year=m,1912-1920&offset=36&w=h3fd0oVxF
  7. Thank you so much guys! Now, I actually bought the medal from the medals dealer in UK so surely this one has been around!
  8. Hi all, Here is one of my last pick-ups - a single British War Medal to a 32091 Sergeant William Joseph Byrne, Royal Artillery. But checking him out turned this medal something very special... William lost his mother in young age. 1901 census shows him living with his widower father and older sister in Cork, Ireland. Originally from Kings County (County Offaly now). He must been born around 1887. 1911 census don't show him so he must be serving by then. He entered into France in August 1914 as a sergeant. 1 January 1916 he was Mentioned in Despatched.... 16 May 1916 he received DCM for bravery on the field A year later he received another DCM (A bar on the first DCM)!!! There were only 492 double DCMs for British forces in the Great War. So, a rare entitlement ndeed! William was promoted to the rank Battery Sergeant Major. Sadly he died in service 7th April 1920 in India. He is burried in Rawalpindi War Cemetery. Sadly I wasn' able to find out cause of his death. Also local Irish newspapers do not mention that brave soldier at all. Pictures of his medal
  9. Thank you so much guys! Mystery remains - from where was Captain T C Devlin from?
  10. Thanks Peter! That looks like is prefect match for Normal Coll CC!!! So, because no trace of him on this side of water then I think he may be from Canada!
  11. Hi all, Is there any way to trace a soldier from the South African forces as well? I am trying to find out anything about Gunner R.A.SIMPSON who served in South African Field Artillery (S.A.F.A.). Any advice would be great, Thanks, Timo
  12. Hi all, I rarely find time to post here something so I decided to do it now. Please find one nice China War medal below that I picked up yesterday. Finished initial research today and I am delighted about the amount of information was available of him: James Henry Gordon Casserly (25th July 1869 – 7th April 1947) Lieutenant Colonel 120th Rajputana Infantry / 20th Regiment, Bombay Infantry Honorary Commander of the United Arts Rifles James was born 25th August 1869 as a son of James Henry Casserly and Maria Rourke. At that time they lived in 1 Chatham Street, Dublin. This property was owned by Casserly family at least from 1853. Up to 1887 there was a pub called “Casserly Travern”. The pub called “Neary’s pub” can be traced back to 1887 when Thomas Neary was the proprietor and the name has stayed with the bar ever since. Even today there are some old belongings from that period in this old pub in Dublin city centre. Young age James studied in the Trinity College. He passed his final exams on 1889 based on the Daily Express, 15th November 1889 list. Then he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was promoted on the 23rd April 1890 to the rank Lieutenant serving in the 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers 23 April 1890. 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers was a City of Dublin Militia unit and from that, on the 10th October 1891 he was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant for regular service. Shortly after that transfer he travelled to India with the unit. Two years later he was transferred to the Indian Army on the 5th June 1893 as a Lieutenant. Lieutenant Casserly was appointed to the 20th Regiment of Bombay Infantry on the 27th February 1897. During that time he was two years a Commandant of outpost near Himalayas called Buxa Duar which guards the pass into India from Bhutan. Based on his experience there he wrote later on one of his well-known books “Life in an Indian Outpost”. He describes the daily incidents of social and political life in an isolated station, varied by sporting expeditions and visits to Darjeeling. Forest Lodge the Second, which was built after a destructive elephant had ruined the first house in the trees. From “Life in an Indian Outpost” by Major Gordon Casserly Few years later he became a double company commander with 20th Regiment of Bombay Infantry on the 4th August 1900. He was attached to the 22nd Regiment of Bombay Infantry 2nd July 1900 and is noted as being employed as a Company Officer but also in charge of the depot of the Hong Kong Regiment according to the January 1901 Indian Army List. The 22nd Regiment served on the China 1900 campaign – it was their first battle honour. Within the China Expeditionary Force the 22nd Bombay (Native ) Infantry was listed as comprising 13 British Officers,17 Native Officers and Hospital Assistants, 721 NCOs and men, 59 Public followers, 35 Private followers, with 13 officers chargers and 8 ponies. In their attached transport detail they had 108 pack mules with 2 Jemadars and 4 Daffudars and 36 Drivers. The bulk of the Regiment were at Hong Kong as Garrison Troops but on the 9th June 1900 the HQ Wing embarked at Calcutta on the m.v.Patiala arriving on the 24th July 1900. It would appear that they did not deploy to North China and remained in Hong Kong as Garrison troops. After tour in China during the Boxer Rebellion he was promoted to the rank of Captain on the 10th July 1901. In 1903 the regiment name had changed to 120th Rajputana Infantry. After six years of service he was promoted once again to the rank of Major on the 10th October 1909. In the January & April 1915 Indian Army List he is noted as being on leave, outside of India on a medical certificate from 28 November 1913 and this had been extended 6 months. The 120th Rajputana Infantry went to Mesopotamia in November 1914 as part of the original expeditionary force and ultimately forced to surrender at the fall of Kut in April 1916. However it does not look like he was with them. Instead Belfast News from 13th April 1914 shows that at that time he published one of his first books; “Mr. Werner Laurie is just publishing “Life in an Indian Outpost” by Major Casserly. This is a thrilling account of the life of an Indian officer in command of a native garrison in a small post on the frontier. The outpost is called Buxa Duar, and is on the face of the Himalayas, guarding one of the Gates of India. The book gives a wonderfully vivid idea of the peculiarity and loneliness and risks of such a life. Major Casserly tells his story in a manly, straightforward, and direct way, and the book will appeal to all lovers of sport and daring.” In the July 1915 Army List is noted as being on leave, outside of India on a medical certificate 1 year 8 months. Probably due to his age and ill-health he was transferred to the Half-Pay List on the 28th November 1915 (LG 4 Feb 1916) In the January 1916 Army List is still noted as being on leave, outside of India on a medical certificate. On 10th January 1916 he received a Special Appointment, graded as a Staff Captain (LG 27th January 1916) but in the same year he retired as a Major due to ill-health on 11th October 1916 (LG 1 Dec 1916). In the Indian Army List he was classed as Major retired but liable to be recalled to active service until 1919 (Jan 1919 IAL). Major Casserly was promoted to the rank Lieutenant Colonel on 14th November 1919 on the retired list in accordance with, the provisions of A.C.I. 644 .and 1213 of 1918 the London Gazette 17th February 1920. In the same date he became a Battalion Commander of 14th County of London Volunteers Regiment. Also he became a Honorary Commander of the United Arts Rifles. In the Great War Major Casserly didn’t take actively part of the war overseas, therefore 1900 China Campaign medal is his sole entitlement. Colonel Gordon Casserly, how people know him, was a life member of the Société de Géographie d'Alger. Also he was a British Consul St.Moritz 1916-1917. He published following books: Novels “The Elephant God” “The Jungle Girl” (1922) “The Red Marshal” (1920) “The Desert Lovers” “The Sands of Death” “The Monkey God” (1929) “Tiger Girl” “Love’s Lottery” (1938) Short stories “Daughter of Eve” Travel “The Land of the Boxers” “Algeria To-day” (1928) “Tripolitania” (1925) “Life in an Indian Outpost” (1914) Nature “Dwellers in the Jungle” (1925) “In the Green Jungle” (1927) Play “Bubbies and the Don” One-act plays “The Idol” “The Test” “Lady Hamilton” “The Fatal Empress” “The Lunatic” Military “Jungle and River Warfare” (1914) “Training of the Volunteers for War” “Tactics for Beginners” “Company Training” “Trench Warfare”
  13. Hi all, I am trying to research two medals that I have here. If any of you have some information about this man below or can add here some facts that would suite into my initial text, please let me know. Also, is it possible to confirm what another medals he was entitled (I know missing Victory medal). Finally, how much usually WW2 period SAAF cap badges cost? I am looking one for a display with his medals. Victor Albert Donnolly (1897 – 31.03.1943) Captain WW1 SA Irish regiment and 2nd CC corps WW2 South African Air Force Victor Albert Donnolly was son of Robert and Harriet I. C. Donnolly. He was married with Ruby Donnolly, of Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa. Victor saw service with the SA Irish Regiment and 2nd CC corps as a NCO. He later on joined the South African Air Force (SAAF) after it was established at the 1 February 1920. He had a very low service number P/204 that I presume indicates early recruitment. He was commissioned and rose to the rank of Captain. He died when he fell out of Hawker Hartbees aeroplane during thest flight near Eastleigh Nairobi in 31 March 1943. He is buried in the Nairobi War Cemetery.
  14. Hi all, Over the trade I picked up some random medals including two South African WW1 awards (BWM and VM) named to PTE.G.H.HAWKINS KALAHARI HRS. Sad part is that I can see his trio was on sale some years ago on eBay with the 1915 Star. Now its only a pair (at least star must be out there somewhere). I am just wondering how rare unit it is and is there any information where they were and what they did during the WW1. Not my cup of tea so most likely I will move them on some moment soon. Just wanted to use them as a learning pieces first. Thanking you in advance, Timo
  15. Hi all, I just bought another medal for my humble collection and I desperately would like to find a copy of owners photo. Also any extra information about him and his service would be greatly appreciated. Especially any extra information from the Afghanistan campaign. So far I have information below: James Agnew McNeale (27th December 1843 – 13th August 1901) Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of 8th Bengal Cavalry James Agnew McNeale was born in Belfast in 1843, the son of John McNeale of Parkmount, Rush Park, Co. Antrim. In young age James studied in the Berkeley Villa School in Cheltenham, England. The school gave him a very good testimonial of his characteristics. Also he studied a period of time in W.Fraderick 2 Rue de Calais du Roule, Paris, France. He received a nomination for the Royal Indian Military College (Addiscombe Military Seminary) on 28th May 1860. It cost about £300 to put a young gentleman through the course. As usual with 19th century educational institutions, the pupils led a tough existence, which might have helped them to cope with the hard career path they had chosen in India. They also learned Indian languages which were essential if they were to successfully command native infantry, cavalry and engineer units. The college closed in 1861 so he must been one of the last ones who studied in there. After one year of study he was appointed as an Ensign in the Bengal Infantry on 8th June 1861. In following year he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant 30th July 1862. Following promotion took place after 8 years when he received a rank of Captain on the 9th May 1870, also he became a Third Squadron Commander, 8th Regiment, Bengal Cavalry (Formerly 18th Irregular Cavalry). James must been regularly visiting home because he played cricket for Ireland in a crushing defeat by the MCC in 1871 at College Park, Dublin. On the 13th February 1873 James got married with Amelia Lucy Luard in Meerut. She was a daughter of Colonel Peter William Luard, 55th Native infantry. Luard served with the Army of the Sutlej in 1846. Commanded the 17th Punjab Infantry after the Mutiny of the 55th Native Infantry, with the Saugor Field Brigade under Brigadier Wheeler in 1859. A year later, 7th January 1874 their daughter Emily Ida McNeale was born at Meerut, India. She lived in India all of her young age, until moved back to England with her mother in 1906. Following year newspaper “The Homeward Mail” lists that on 11 May 1875 a son John Hugh McNeale was born to them as well at Peshawur, North-West Province. United Kingdom 1881 Census shows that he was visiting Cheltenham with Mother and sister. Father, James Agnew McNeale, remains in India. He studied in Clifton Collage 1889-90. John joined with India Police Department 21st October 1895 and was posted as Assistant District Superintendent., Central Provost and promoted to District Superintendent June 1903. He retired September 1924. John moved back to England and he dies in Cheltenham 1956. When the Second Anglo – Afghan war started then Captain McNeale was sent to there. 8th Bengal Cavalry was attached under Kandahar Field Force, 1st Division, Cavalry Brigade under command of Brigadier General Walter Frane. Kandahar Field Force had one of the most difficult and daunting task to clear and pass the valleys up to the city of Kandahar. When the Peshawar and Kurram Field Forces were able support each other and indeed eventually met up then the Kandahar Field Force was virtually cut off from the rest of the campaign and had to support itself autonomously for the entire course of the campaign. This column did not face the same kind of large scale resistance as the other two columns did, but suffered from a potentially far more paralysing problem for the force; supply. The Kandahar Field Force animals were dying in their hundreds and thousands in the difficult terrain and with the worsening weather conditions. Added to this, was the fact that the local tribes were quite happy to prey on any group of carts that did not look sufficiently well defended. Despite all the problems, on the 8th January 1879 Kandahar Field Force enters into the city. James got promoted again on 8th June 1881 when he became a Major. He was still holding a position as a Squadron Commander, 8th Bengal Cavalry. Finally he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and he held a position of Commandant in the 8th Bengal Cavalry on 8th June 1887. At that time service in India was uneventful. June 1894 8th Bengal Cavalry paraded under command of Colonel McNeale for Queen-Empress seventy-fifth birthday at Allahabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh state, north India. A salute of thirty-one guns and the feux-de-joie being fired, after which the flag was saluted and three cheers were given for her Majesty. Lieutenant Colonel McNeale retired in 1898 after 38 years of service with the colours. Sadly he wasn’t able to enjoy his well-earned retirement long because James McNeale died only aged 57, in India on 13th August 1901 and he is buried in Gulmarg. His headstone inscription reads "In loving memory of Col. James Agnew McNeale, Genl. List Infantry, Late of the 8th Bengal Lancers, who died at Gulmarg August 13th, 1901. Aged 57 years." Widow, Amelia and daughter Emily, proceed to England on February 1906. She lived with their daughter in Gloucester and passed away 1929.
  16. Thanks Brett. Hopefully more will be found about him! Sadly I am stuck with the research at the moment. Timo
  17. Hi all, Can anybody help me to identify this chap neck order and breast star please. Medal on his chest must be Indian Mutiny medal. I am thinking something from Vatican/order of St.John knights of Malta or even Brunswick House Order of Henry the Lion? Any ideas would be great help, Noor
  18. Hi all, Sorry about my stupid question again. I try to study ribbon and medal bars and one another question arise. What colors was on use and is there any spesific ones, what can match with exact branch. Like I got this nice three place Bavaria ribbon bar and there is used blue cloth backing. Is it mean that this bar was only for the Imperial Navy? Also is there any lists, what color backings different makers used? Also was there makers who made medal or ribbon bars just for a Navy or Army. Oh, lots of questions again. I hope someone can advise me a little Regards, Noor
  19. Hi all, Can anybody help me to identify this chap neck order and breast star please. Medal on his chest must be Indian Mutiny medal. I am thinking something from Vatican/order of St.John knights of Malta or even Brunswick House Order of Henry the Lion? Any ideas would be great help, Noor