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  1. 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
  2. Hi all, Havent been active in the forum a long time, I decided to post here something as well. I spotted a single British War Medal named to "2 LIEUT. W.E.BUTLER" on the dealers site with a note that this officer served in the Manchester Regiment and was entitled to 14 Star trio. I started to wonder why a pre-war officer wasn't never promoted. I did some digging and here is the answer... Walter Edward Butler (30 November 1892-1964) Walter was born as a son of Rev Hercules Scott Butler (Vicer of Preston). He had brother Gerald Villiers Butler (Tank Corps, Major), Hubert Desramauy Butler (RAF, pilot). Walter graduated from Oxford University Contingent Officers Training Corps 1913 and commissioned into 6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. When the Great War broke out he landed in France 14 August 1914. Here is his personal account how he was captured by Germans...
  3. No worries! Thank you very much for checking!
  4. Only Medal Index Card was pulled out and that's it. Now, on MIC only his initial were present and not a full name. It took some time to establish his full name to start the research. I used ancestry officers POW list > red cross POW cards and then Findmypast newspaper clippings. After his entity was established it was easy and I also ordered his personal file from the National Archive via researcher. Great help was GWF forum members who helped to confirm MID LG inputs.
  5. One more piece that I found - a program of the escape where Lieutenant Walter Butler has been mentioned as well. Here is the link to the YouTube video (in English): https://youtu.be/q-qhMAWaoBI
  6. He ended up in the infamous officers Holzminden prison camp in Lower Saxony. It opened in September 1917. The camp held between 500-600 officer prisoner's and approximately 100-160 other ranks, used as officers ordered. Holzminden is known as the location of the largest POW escape of the war in July 1918, when 29 officers escaped through a tunnel, of whom 10 managed to make their way back to Britain. Based on the book "the Tunnelers of Holzminden" Lieutenant Butler was one of the leaders of that escape. He was the first officer who break through to the surface and managed to escape but unfortunately he was captured in nearby village, after he stole a bike. For his courage during escape he was Mentioned In Despatched on 30 January 1920. His captivity continued until the end of the war in Europe. He was released January 1919. Lieutenant Butler continued his service in North Russia, as an officer in Syren Army. Once again he was Mentioned In Despatches on the 3rd of February 1920. He resigned his commission on the 25th April 1922 and retained the rank of Lieutenant (he was promoted to Lieutenant 1915 but this was only Gazette 1920).
  7. 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?)
  8. Medal roll conforms entitlment - E.H.Andrews. sent to England for discharge. So, he must be end of his actibe service period with the colours. Could have been entitled IGS or LSGC as well. Also checked Findmypast and sadly no service file up in there.
  9. 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?
  10. Hi all, Could some of you please tell me what medallion is this?
  11. Noor

    What medallion is this?

    Hi all, Here are some close-ups of the jeton. Just amazing quality!
  12. Noor

    What medallion is this?

    Thank you. A forum member advised me that it is a an orphan's benevolent society benefactor's jeton. Quality is just amazing! I just realised that the ring is hallmarked. I will make some better close up photos of it later on. what kind of ribbon it should have, does anybody know?
  13. Noor

    What medallion is this?

    Thanks! I think it's from the Great War period. Also looks like I found information of her as well with connection to Russia:
  14. For disembarkations up to 31 December 1915 These codes generally apply to men who won the 1914 or 1914-15 Star, but not those who only won the British War Medal/Victory Medal pair. [My thanks to Jonathan Saunders for helping complete this list]. 1 Western Europe 2 Balkan Theatre a) Greek Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria b ) Gallipoli and Aegean Islands 3 Egyptian Theatre 4 African Theatre a) British East Africa, German East Africa, Rhodesia, Nyasaland and Uganda b) German South West Africa c) Kamerun (Cameroon) d) Togoland e) Caprivi Zipfel Rhodesia 5 Asiatic Theatre a) Mesopotamia and Bushire b ) South West Arabia c) Aden d) Muscat (Musquat) e) Seistan f) Tochi Valley g) Hafiz h) Katlang, Rastam and Swati i) Landekai Ridge j) Perim k) Kalat l) Katchin Hills m) Tsing-Tau (note: this has been observed as 5h on medal index cards for some men of the 2nd South Wales Borderers) 6 Australasian Theatre a) German New Guinea including b) Nauru c) German Samoa For disembarkations from 1 January 1916 1A France and Belgium 1B Italy 2A Greek Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria or European Turkey 2B Gallipoli 3 Russia (up to 1/2 July 1920) 4A Egypt (up to 18/19 March 1916) 4B Egypt (from 18/19 March 1916) 5A East Africa, Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia 5B South West Africa 5C Cameroon 5D Nigeria 5E Togoland 6A Hejaz 6B Mesopotamia 6C Persia 6D Trans-Caspia 6E South West Arabia 6F Aden 6G Frontier regions of India 6H Tsing-tau 7A New Britain 7B New Ireland 7C Kaiser Wilhelmland 7D Admiralty Islands 7E Nauru 7F German Samoa
  15. 2B was Gallipoli at that time. Arthur was in famous D Company. Born in Belfast. Son of late Major E.T.Meredith, RE. Mercantile Marine. One of the reserves disembarked from Mudros.
  16. He was Gallipoli man in 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  17. Send me your email and I send copies of Medal rolls and MIC.
  18. First name(s) Harry Seton Last name Broadbent Birth year 1891 Birth date ? ? 1891 Birth parish St Pancras Birth town London Birth county Middlesex Occupation Pianoforte Maker Attestation year 1916 Attestation date 20 Jun 1916 Attestation age 25 Service number 33290 Marriage year 1914 Marriage date 27 Jun 1914 Spouse's first name(s) Rosa Child's first name(s) Edith Winifred Leton Child's birth date 08 Apr 1915 Archive reference AIR 79/326 Next of kin first name(s) Rosa,Edith Winifred Leton Next of kin last name Broadbent Record set British Royal Air Force, Airmen's Service Records 1912-1939 RAF service files are now accessible in Findmypast. Interesting craft in civil life - a valued skill probably in RAF. There was another Broadbent F.S. with one digit different service number - pretty sure they were related.
  19. Hi all, Among with other items I received these and I am struggling to figure out what are they. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Timo
  20. Noor

    Are these US patches?

    Thanks Megan. I just were able to find out the same info. Now, looks like airborne patch is missing top scroll. Ranch hand is also an interesting one https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ranch_Hand http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/foru...ch-hand-patch/
  21. Hi, Here is one of my ribbon bars, what I have had almost 2 years now. Today Daniel confirmed owner of this set! Please meet Hauptmann Achill von Oertzen, born 1872. Served in Life Grenadier Regiment "King Frederick William III" (1st Brandenburgian) No. 8. End of WW1 retired as a Oberstleutnant. Last assignment IR 157. Peactime awards RAO4, KO4, Joh, RA3, MMV2 from Schwerin and here is the bar Any information, entries, etc about him would be great! Thank you to Daniel! Regards, Timo aka Noor
  22. Oh wow. Thank you for your quick reply. Someone must be valued that medallion and got the repair done, thats what I thought and why I picked it up. It was random find from antique junk box in Estonia few days back. Not my collecting interest but happy to learn something new, so I am pleased. There must be different variations out if it - an eagle is different size on mine then on the links above. Thanks again!
  23. Hi all, Found this rather weird piece of metal and just wondering what it is? Looks like some patriotic piece from the revolution period? I can see similar design medallion from 1917 (famous French Liberté, égalité, maternité - liberty, equality, fathernity). Any thoughts?
  24. Hi, I picked up this photo and would like to confirm country from where its made. I think its Czhechoslovakia but can't be totally sure. Also maybe someone can help with the text behind, what period this kind a uniform was in use, etc? Thanks, Timo