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. Good to get a positive identification for the cap! Thanks also for the border photos. They must bring back lots of memories for those who were there. Regards Brett
  2. A very impressive collection! Thank you for sharing it with us. Regards Brett
  3. The regiments of the South African Mounted Rifles were formed in 1913 from the paramilitary elements of the police forces in the four provinces of the Union of South Africa, which came into being in 1910. They were part of the Union Defence Force. The 'conventional' policemen were accommodated in the newly-created South African Police, and were assigned to either mounted police or foot police duties. There was also a section of Water Police. The gaolers of the old police forces were assigned to the new SA Prisons Department. Brett
  4. Audrey at Rhino Research has a new address: Brett
  5. Rodney A wonderful assemblage and a great story to go with it! Thank you for sharing, Regards Brett
  6. Paul The new address I have is Brett
  7. There was recently a slight change in Audrey's e-mail address, but presumably this is reflected on her address here (under 'aud', as I remember). Brett
  8. Further to my comment about shooting medals being melted down, there is a photo below of the medallic record of another Border Mounted Rifles marksman, who served with the regiment during the Boer War and was awarded the Queen's Medal with clasps that include 'Defence of Ladysmith'. In 1902 he was a member of Natal's contingent in London to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII. These celebrations included shooting competitions held at Bisley, during which he won several prizes. He was also awarded the relevant Coronation Medal. The latter medal and prize medallions are now missing. While it has been possible to find a replacement for the Coronation Medal, which was issued unnamed, the Bisley prizes, and any others awarded locally, would have carried the man's name and so are irreplaceable. Since the man fell on hard times after 1902, it is likely that they were sold for their gold and silver content.. Brett
  9. mark I would collect marksmanship prizes if I could find them, but they are certainly not common where I live. I suspect that these 'medals' are not as highly prized as war service and other military medals, so they end up in the melting pot. The few that I have for the Border Mounted Rifles are hallmarked gold and silver, so they do have a commercial metal value, if not a collectable one. Below are the other shooting prizes in my BMR collection. They were awarded to a Major and a Sergeant. Brett
  10. Marksmanship competitions were evidently very common in the Imperial and Colonial military of the old British Empire. Shown below is a "Marksman's Badge" and dated clasps awarded to an officer in the Colony of Natal's Border Mounted Rifles. The ribbon of this example was suspended from a broach pin, and there is a second pin on the disc. They would have kept the ribbon and badge firmly attached to the wearer's chest when he lay in a prone position to fire his rifle. The one you have shown may also have been attached to a ribbon. Brett
  11. Stephen Thank you for sharing your collection with us, and good for you for keeping all the items together for so many years. Your neighbour Jack must have seen something in you that led him to put his wartime treasures in your safe hands. You have done him a great service by keeping the memory of him alive. Regards Brett
  12. The bars are looking good! Regards Brett
  13. Pieter Many thanks for your comments. It is always good to have extra information on the medals, even if there is no record of the man who actually wore them as a group. I hope that you will post more from your collection. Regards Brett
  14. Pieter Below is a photo of my made-up Dutch group. The Cross for Justice and Freedom turned up in South Africa, I bought the Dutch UN medal from a dealer in Canada, while the Korean medal came from England. I would much prefer to have a trio awarded to a known Dutch Korean War veteran, but that is not likely to happen! Regards Brett
  15. John I do not remember having previously seen a medal issued by the International Federation of Korean War Veterans. Do you have other examples? I suppose that this Federation must be close to closing down, if it has not already done so. Regards Brett