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  1. This is a very rare uniform and was worn by permanent force officers of the early South African Air Force. The uniform was worn at all formal functions such as parades and funerals. There were not many officers at the time so this uniform does not often appear and is rare.
  2. Private Rupert John Colts Meek is a confirmed “charger” and appears on the “Cairo Roll”, the “Kerreri” Roll and the “Hicks” Scroll and the medal rolls for both the Queen’s and Khedive’s Sudan medals. He was baptized on 25 October 1874 and he had worked as stockbroker’s clerk prior to his enlistment. Meek was pronounced fit for military service on 2 May 1892 at St George’s Barracks in London. He was 18 years and 6 months old at the time. He was single and his next-of-kin was given as his father, Mr. Charles Meek. The trade confirmed on his documents stated that he was a clerk. Private Meek was 5 foot 6 and weighed 126 pounds when he enlisted. The 21st Lancers were located at Canterbury when Meek joined them on 9 May 1892. He served short service with the colours which implied 7 years full time enlistment and 5 years in the reserves. In Meek’s case, because he served overseas, he served 8 consecutive years and was a reservist for 4 years. On 24 April 1894, he passed his third class Certificate of Education at Canterbury. His total service was 12 years in the Regiment. This was spent in England, India and Egypt. Meek was a member of B Squadron of the 21st Lancers. This squadron suffered the heaviest losses during the charge with 9 killed and 26 wounded. They also received the highest number of gallantry awards of the four squadrons which were three Victoria Crosses and three Distinguished Conduct Medals. Sadly, Meek died in January 1908 at St. Pancras Hospital in London almost 10 years after the famous charge and campaign. He had never married.
  3. As part of my World War One collection, sweetheart brooches have become both fascinating and interesting and depict the positive approach and attitude that the general population showed to their serving soldiers. I am of the opinion that this often neglected aspect forms an integral part to my collection as often the loved ones back home are forgotten. The wearing of these brooches indicated the population's support and contribution to the war effort. Sweetheart Brooches can be regarded as costume jewellery designed for a specific purpose and usually have a military theme. The badge of the organisation or regiment would be worn as a brooch to show the support back home for those serving in the various theaters and campaigns of the First World War.
  4. Many South African officers purchased more expensive badges from badge manufacturers. This specific badge is solid and was not manufactured with lugs.
  5. I will be posting in four parts starting with the Sudan and Iraq where I have worked during the past 5 years. Each part of the collection is housed and maintained in a different room in my house. I have been collecting militaria for more than 30 years now.This is the entrance to the television room in which this part of my collection is housed. The room is named after my late father.
  6. A member of the Cape Mounted Police with his family. The CMP cap badge is clearly visible.
  7. After their two excellent books on military pith and wolseley helmets respectively, I have been influenced and encouraged by Peter Siciu and Stauart Bates to focus more on this very fascinating aspect of militaria collecting. Due to the nature of the work that I do, I am often abroad and do not spend as much time as I would like on displaying and maintaining my collection. These postings depict the beginnings of my helmet and headdress display. I have had my computer room/office converted to a helmet display area in my house. Regards, Will
  8. The Cape Police was formed in three Divisions in 1882. The force became the Cape Mounted Police in 1904. CP1 was responsible for the Eastern Cape, CP2 in Kimberley and CP3 in Cape Town. The force did excellent work during the Anglo-Boer War with many members from the second district being involved in the Siege of Mafeking.
  9. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIVE MILITARY CORPS The Native Military Corps was established and existed from July 1940 to 1945. It consisted of 80 000 black African members from all the different South African tribes under the Non-European Army Services. The men served under white Officers and Non Commissioned Officers. The members were mainly mustered and used as stretcher-bearers; hospital orderlies; drivers;cooks; officer's servants and were used in support positions as non-combatants. A special tunneling company was formed under the South African Engineer Corps for service in North Africa. This company did sterling work in Syria. Eight Infantry battalions were formed within the Union of South Africa and they were issued with assegais. These Infantry battalions did not deploy on active service but were used to guard aerodromes and other key points in South Africa. Members of the Corps were awarded 1 Distinguished Conduct Medal and 14 Military Medals for gallantry during the Second World War. Most of these gallantry awards were awarded to the NMC stretcher bearers. The Corps wore a badge with an elephant within a wreath and a shield above with the Union Arms. The scroll with "N.E.A.S." stood for "NON-EUROPEAN ARMY SERVICE".
  10. According to Owen's book, this badge is listed as the Karoo Skutters solid center brass badge and was worn by Other Ranks from 1914 to 1929 (Owen 1755). The unit appears to have existed from 1913 to 1929 and served in the Southern area of German South West Africa in 1915. The Karroo Skutters were also known as the 14th Dismounted Rifles. Other information that I have found indicates that this badge may have been worn by the Karkloof Skutters or Rifles but I have not been able to find out much about them. The motto "NON SIBI SID" "PATRIAL" means "Not For Self But For Country". I also believe that the badge was designed by one of the five Boer prisoners who escaped from the ship "THE CATOLINA" in Columbia harbour on 13 January 1901. They were known as the "five swimmers" and swam to a Russian steamer KERSON where they made their escape.The five were a Steyn, Botha, Haussner and the two Steytler brothers. This feat is depicted on the badge design. Steyn was an officer in General Smuts's staff in the Anglo-Boer War and he may have commanded the unit during the GSWA campaign. Does anybody have more details/opinions? Regards, Will
  11. The Transvaal Police were formed in 1908 and replaced or took over the duties and responsibilities of the South African Constabulary. They were absorbed into the South African Police in 1913.
  12. Hi Lynn, My apologies for the belated response, I am currently in Bangui in the Central African Republic where I do not have regular access to the internet and will be travelling again soon and I should then be online more often. Can you provide a copy of the newspaper article please? The information I have is what I managed to find out about him in the Defence Archives do any additional information would be very welcome. Regards, Will
  13. No 12226 Pte Peter Anthony Stopforth; 3 SAI I purchased this group of medals on auction in the U.K. a few months ago. At the age of 24, Pte Stopforth attested in the First South African Infantry Brigade. He claimed previous service in both the Transvaal Cycle and Motor Corps and the Transvaal Scottish. He was employed as a stoker on the Railways in the former Rhodesia. Stopforth arrived in France in July 1917 and was deployed with his regiment. In December 1917 he displayed symptoms of TRENCH FEET which became a serious health issue and problem for him. The Regiment was based in Gouzeacourt in France at the time. Although there is no official supporting documentation, he was also slighly gassed at Veinport in November 1917. Trench feet/foot has been described a medical condition characterised by a tingling or itching sensation of the foot accompanied by swelling, pain and numbness. The symptoms develope after the feet become wet and stay wet for an extended period of time. Cold water aggravated the problem and trench feet became a specifically recognised problem in the trenches of World War 1. Trench feet also made the feet more prone to infection. If left untreated, it could turn into gangrene and lead to amputations. As a result of his medical condition, Stopforth was discharged as being medically unfit on 6 April 1919 after spending very long periods in hospital. He was awarded a Silver War Badge and King's Certificate for his services. His conduct was described as "VERY GOOD".
  14. As described in the Medal Yearbook 2008, serial no 176A , published by Token Publishing Limited : "The medal was awarded on the recommendation of the Kaid el' Amm(SDF Commander) to native personnel of the SDF,Police and other approved Sudanese who served in the field on such operations as might be considered by the Governor-General as being of sufficient importance to warrant the grant of the medal.It was also awarded for action against Italian forces in the southern Sudan from June 1940 to November 1941.About 9000 were issued."
  15. I purchased these medals yesterday from an old Sudanese gentleman who said that they were awarded to his grandfather. The medal on the left is the Sudan General Service medal which was issued in 1933. I am not sure what the medal on the right was awarded for, it appears to be General Gordon mounted on a camel? Regards, Will
  16. W I have posted some details on this unit in previous posts and this is the third group that I have the privilege to be custodian of. I am busy with deliberate research on the unit and every individual that joined and is listed as being part of this very elite unit. Lance Corporal Frederick Stober joined the South African (Baileys) Sharpshooters on the 27th of June 1916. He was 37 years old and had passed the very stringent selection to become a member of this illustrious unit. Stober was born in Claremont in Cape Town. A carpenter by trade, he was a resident of Kenilworth, Cape Town at the time of his attestation. He was married to Maria Stober and their ceremony had taken place on 10 June 1904 in Calvinia in the Cape Province. The couple had five children with the last child having been born in October, 1916. He is described as having being sallow with dark hazel eyes and stood at 5 feet and 8 inches. His weight was given as 144 pounds on attestation. Stober had seen active service during the Anglo-Boer War and was Trooper No 606 in Warrens Mounted Infantry. He joined on the 27th of June 1901 and remained part of the unit until 19 July 1901. It was during this period that he encountered a very serious bout of enteric fever. After recovering, he joined the South African Light Horse as No 36288 Corporal Stober and served until 13 May 1902 when he left as time expired. As No 20 in the South African Sharpshooters, he joined the 1st Northamptonshire Regiment on 1 December 1916. His service as a scout/sniper was duly recognised and he was awarded the Military Medal and Bar in accordance with the London Gazettes that were dated 13 and 17 March 1919 respectively. The arduous life and exposure to the elements had a major negative effect on Stobers health: Served in Boer War, eneteric fever, joined for overseas. Transferred to H.1 (sd) E. Basil Brooke, Capt. S.M.C. 5.2.18 Mist. Rhei c Gent tds. Influenza in France Nov.1916. Dec.1916 felt pain in back and legs. Went on Med. Duty till March 1917, went sick pains in legs and back. Went to hosp. Rouen 3 weeks, marked nephritis, transferred to hospital Manchester 12 days and transferred to Richmond May 20th 1917. Returned to France to duty June 1917, felt ill indefinite pains in back and legs. Carried on until Jan. 1918. Went sick 24.1.18 with ischic rectal abscess. Sent to Etaples, transferred to Richmond 3.2.18. Present condition: feels tired, slight pain across back and left shoulder, legs stiff and weak. Heart sounds normal, no enlargement. 8.2.18 Bilharzia ova in urine. Mist. Salcl.tds. 6.3.18 Less pains in limbs, not much haematuria. 10.3.18 is much improved, no symptoms of circulatory disturbance. Recommended 10 days furlough class 2. Signed .B.J. Guillemard M.D. He was discharged on 27 June 1919 being temporally unfit for War Service. This was a decision made by a Medical Board on 30 May 1919. His military character was described as being Very Good and he had served for three years and one day. This took place at the Dispersal Depot at Maitland in the Cape.
  17. sabrigade

    Identification: Medal for Bravery: Sudan

    Thanks Owain, Unfortunately, it is not named. Regards, Will
  18. This medal was "found" by a friend in Khartoum. Can anyone identify it, I do not have any references here with me?
  19. sabrigade

    Identification: Medal for Bravery: Sudan

    The medal arrived safely in Juba on Saturday. Thank you all for the advice and assistance. Regards, Will
  20. I was very fortunate to have obtained these items approximately ten years ago. The hallmarks on the items indicate production at the time of the Anglo-Boer War which further suggests that this suitcase was with the General throughout the Boer War, 1906 rebellion and the German South West Africa campaign. He also attended the Delville Wood memorial inauguration in 1926 and was the representative for the German South West African campaign veterans. The suitcase contained a number of items from the inauguration which included menus, seating plans and other items.
  21. I think many of the senior officers present may have had similar items which would have been kept in the rear areas during the offensive. I am also fortunate to have General Lukin's "batman's" medals who served with him in this capacity in the Anglo-Boer war and also the 1914 rebellion and German South West Africa campaign. Lukin went so far as to get parliamentary permission for his man to accompany him to the Western Front as a member of the South African Mounted Rifles and he therefore kept his regular status in the Union Defence Force and he did not attest in the 1st South African Infantry Brigade.
  22. I have had this group in my collection for a few years and could not confirm whether the recipient had served and seen action at the Battle of Sandfontein during the German South West Africa campaign in World War one. "Coloured Constable" Hanns did not appear on the official casualty list that was submitted after the battle and his World War 1 service card could not be found at the archives. This service has subsequently been confirmed as a researcher managed to find the service card pertaining to him. Constable Hanns was made a Prisoner of War on 26 September 1914 at the Battle of Sandfontein and was only released by his German captors on 6 July 1915. I think that this new research makes it a very special and rare medal group as medals named and issued to South Africans of other races for World War one service are not common.
  23. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-01412500-1383892149.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-84920100-1383892033.jpg Documentation and other items from the suitcase relating the opening of the Delville Wood memorial in 1926.
  24. Thanks Brett, Part of our responsibility is to preserve our proud military heritage. Regards, Will