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Brett Hendey

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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
  16. His name was Neville Fischer. He gave me his flying helmet that he wore when he bailed out of his burning Spitfire over Italy. It was left with the family who helped him after he landed, and he retrieved it from them after the war. His 'Golden Caterpillar' was given to a relative in the United States. He never claimed his WWII medals, but wore a set of miniatures while an active member of the SAAF Association. His widows claimed a late issue of the medals after his death. Brett I meant to mention that Neville's brother who served in the RAF was Flight Lieutenant Sydney Adnil Fischer, 90 Squadron, who was killed on 9 January 1942. As I remember it, he was test flying one of the first B17's to arrive in England when it crashed. Brett
  17. An amazing find, John. Congratulations! I hope that the missing WWI pair turn up. Regards Brett
  18. John Thank you for sharing another, and rather unusual POW story. Bailey's 14/15 Star was a most fortunate find. Such isolated medals are often overlooked in the untold numbers that come onto the market, so well spotted! Regards Brett
  19. Tony, thank you for sharing that with us. KAR is the King's African Rifles, an East African Regiment. Does the medal have the British reverse or the South African (bilingual) one? I would expect the former, but I have never seen a KAR medal before. Regards Brett
  20. Many thanks for sharing this addition to your POW collection. I am pleased that you are still interested. Regards Brett
  21. Thank you for a very interesting post. Regards Brett
  22. The Scottish Courtesan

    Thank you for a most interesting post. It introduced me to a person I had not come across before. This is one of the reasons I so appreciate the GMIC. Regards Brett
  23. Congratulations on acquiring another wonderful POW group, and also for the well told story behind it. This is evidence again of the importance of research to medal collectors. Regards Bret
  24. Bernhard Thank you for your service as a soldier. By sharing your memories here you inspire others to keep them alive. All honour to you! Kind regards Brett
  25. Do you have any of their medals and badges that you could show here? Regards Brett