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Brett Hendey

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About Brett Hendey

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  • Birthday 17/06/39

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    Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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    Military history of Natal
    Korean War

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  1. Here is another relevant publication. http://www.freeworldpublications.co.za/SERVE TO SAVE The South African Air Force at Sea.htm Brett
  2. Tony, a very interesting development! Thank you for sharing your discovery. The Union Club of South Africa was another local patriotic society that produced enamelled brass badges for its members - a new variant each year. I had a small collection of them that is now with my younger son in the UK. Regards Brett
  3. Dutch Medals and Medalbars

    Sampo Thank you again for more striking medals. I am impressed by the colourful ribbons and the elaborate designs of the medals themselves.. I wonder if they are as expensive as they look? Regards Brett
  4. Remembrance Day _ Protocols - Comments

    Brian, perhaps a solution would be to have a 'Remembrance Sunday ' closest to 11 November, although in (some of) our increasingly godless societies fun now comes first on Sundays, so that may not work either. Regards Brett
  5. Remembrance Day _ Protocols - Comments

    Thank you, Brian. I wish I lived in a country where Remembrance Day was widely remembered and respected. Brett
  6. Dutch Medals and Medalbars

    Sampo Thank you for showing more very impressive medal bars. I need to learn more about Dutch military history. Regards Brett
  7. A great medal to add to your collection! Thank you for a very interesting story that is very well told. It was all new to me. Regards Brett
  8. Belgian Korea Medals

    I echo Gordon's comments. I have never seen anything like them before. Regards Brett
  9. A great story well told to go with a hard-won group of medals. Regards Brett
  10. John, congratulations on a most unusual find, and thank you for sharing it. I expect that might be the 'jewel in the crown' of your collection of POW badges. Regards Brett
  11. The SAC was raised during the Boer War, and, in spite of their name, they functioned as mounted infantry, hence the use of 'Trooper' for the lowest rank. Even in peacetime in South Africa, there was a need for mounted police, and many of the SAC men deployed in the Orange Free State and Transvaal were mounted. The same applied to the police in the Cape Colony and Natal, and the tradition of using 'Trooper' continued. In the case of Natal, 'Constable' referred to policemen employed in court duties, and their rank was equivalent to that of Sergeant in other branches of the force. Brett
  12. An interesting group indeed! Thank you for showing it. What are the two clasps on the GSM? Regards Brett
  13. All I can tell you offhand is that the C prefix to the service number means that the man was "Coloured", which in South Africa's racial classification means he was of mixed race. His service papers will be in the military archives in Pretoria. Some of these archives are inaccessible at present. GMIC member 'Aud' (Audrey Portman of Rhino Research) should be able to help. Brett
  14. That is a very interesting collecting area. Thank you for sharing with us. Regards Brett
  15. Thank you for pointing out my mistake, Zob. I should not be going over the Limpopo River into unfamiliar territory! Regards Brett