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  1. This has been going on for some time. In 1979 I spoke at an international symposium in Warsaw and later visited a shop where around 30 women were hand painting copies of Russian and Polish orders and regimental insignia. I was told that they were for the collector market.
  2. I cannot find a definite answer to your question but one of the qualifications for the British War Medal was that one had to leave the UK - I am quite sure that Ireland was part of the UK at that time. The men who received the BWM for Hartlepool were fighting enemy forces - I do not believe the Irish were enemy forces. As I am not a resident of the UK I stand to be corrected.
  3. Dom: I just checked the Half-Yearly Supplement to the Monthly Army List for June 1927 (list all Reserve of Officers) and Craig is listed as Lieutenant, Border Regiment, Class II Reserve with a date of rank of 27 Dec 18. I just realized who you are. We corresponded a number of years ago but I cannot remember the circumstance. Regards, Gunner 1
  4. dpast32: Just wanted to note that I never indicated that MBEs were never named - I have two unofficially-named MBEs - I indicated that no MBEs were ever officially named. In regards to Craig's rank, I wonder if he might have held the local rank of Captain or held an acting rank for a short period in Ireland, neither of which would necessarily be gazetted in the London Gazette nor give him the possibility of retiring as an "Honourable Captain'. He is listed in my copy of the April 1922 Army List as a Lieutenant.
  5. Three observations (you may already be aware of them): 1. There are at least three officers with the name "G. Craig" in the November 1918 Army List 2. The MBE was/is issued unnamed, so that any naming would be unofficial. 3. There are service papers for a Lieutenant George Craig, Border Regiment at The National Archives under WO 339/104131
  6. There is a 'G. Craig, Indian Army' listed in the London Gazette of 19 April 1921 as a 'Lieutenant to be Captain' effective 30 Jan 1921, but there is no indication of an MBE so it does not look like your man. The January 1928 Half Yearly Army List indicates that George Craig, MBE retired as a Lieutenant. If he actually held the acting/temporary appointment as a Captain he would usually be listed at retirement as a 'Lieutenant (rank of Captain).'
  7. First a technical point - Great War British officers are not 'promoted' to acting or temporary rank, rather they are 'appointed.' Many, if not most, temporary and/or acting ranks are mentioned in the London Gazette. They are also often mentioned in Monthly and Half-Yearly Army Lists. If you give us your officer's name we may be able to help.
  8. As Michael Johnson indicated in an earlier post, the remaining supplies of the George V Memorial Crosses were issued to men who died early in World War II. I have one such cross that was issued to an officer who died of a heart attack on 31 October 1940 while on active service with No. III N.P.A.M. Training Centre at Saanich. Interestingly the cross is named to MAJOR A. B. SLEE. M.C. who served in the Great War with the Royal Field Artillery.
  9. dpast32 wrote: "in addition to the above 'verification', included also are several articles documenting the IR A ambush: I don't like to make disparaging comments about other collectors groups but all the paperwork you mention in your earlier post appears to be photocopied research or research that describes an action, neither of which is generally considered "Verification" that the group is actually the one that the recipient received. Original documents related to the medal group may help with verifying a medal group but even with original documents there is no guarantee that the medals are actually those awarded to the recipient unless the group contains properly-named medals
  10. MBE's like most officers' decorations were issued unnamed so any named example has been privately named. That being said, there is little chance that you will be able to conclusively determine whether it actually belonged to the man whose name is on the reverse. It is no difference than a Military Cross or DSO with engraved naming, which most collectors are hesitant to buy as there is no way to absolutely tell if the naming is contemporaneous. The price seems somewhat high as MBEs generally sell for around £130 which is currently about $170. I personally don't buy privately engraved decorations that are not accompanied by named medals and if I were to do so, I would expect to pay somewhat less than the value of the unnamed medal.
  11. We would be very happy to accept an article on the Cuban Order of Merit if you would be willing to write one. Send me a PM if your are interested. Regards, Dick Flory, JOMSA Editor
  12. Lukasz: If it is a Czech award I can not find it in Ceskoslovenska Vyznamenani.
  13. All three bars appear to have US medals for the Korean War. In the photo the man presenting the award is President Singman Rhee of South Korea and the United States General to his left is General James Van Fleet, General Commanding, US Eighth Army in Korea.
  14. Chris Boonzaier wrote: "The cross is always an individual award, not a unit award" According to my sources since 2011 the Cross for Military Valor may be awarded to French and foreign military units. Two awards with palm to the same unit allows members of the unit to wear a fourragére.
  15. Siege Batteries kept war diaries for the early portion of the war but during the last one, or two, years of the war Siege Batteries war diaries ceased and the war diaries were kept by the Heavy Artillery Group (HAG) (later Brigade) that administered the battery. 147th Siege Battery served under the following Heavy Artillery Groups after 1 Jan 1917 (the file number for the war diary at The National Archives is listed for each HAG): Until 10 Feb 17: 77 HAG (WO 95/324) 10 Feb 17 to 22 Mar 17: 28 HAG (WO 95/541) 22 Mar 17 to 25 May 17: 18 HAG (WO 95/540) 25 May 17 to 16 Jun 17: 83 HAG (WO 95/478) 16 Jun 17 to 3 Sep 17: returned to 18 HAG (WO 95/540) 3 Sep 17 to 17 Dec 17: 78 HAG (WO 95/229) 17 Dec 17 to end of war: 43 Brigade RGA (WO 95/321)
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