Michael Johnson

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    The Great War 1914-18
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  1. You can get them for $20, but $25 isn't too bad.
  2. Apparently there were several sets of medals named to K of K. There are also "Veterans Death Cards" (not sure how current, but at least into the 1960s). Cause of death and where buried, also whether death was related to service, which meant a Memorial Cross could be issued to wife/mother. I would also recommend seller maritimemedals http://www.ebay.com/usr/maritimemedals?_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2754 on eBay. I've dealt with Paul for many years, and he has a good selection of First War singles at reasonable prices. Michael
  3. Bernhard, Would it be possible to put a USB cord in your ear and download all of your memories? When I think of all that you have seen (only a fraction of which you have recounted to us).... Michael
  4. Researchability varies. I think about 80% of First War British Army records were destroyed or damaged during the Blitz. Navy and RAF records do not seem to have suffered. Canadian records are currently being digitized and posted online on the Library and Archives of Canada website (the enlistment papers are already all up). Canadian casualties also have separate "Circumstances of Death" cards, which can give more information on how they died (although "KiA" does occur). A possible plus is that there were a lot of Americans in the CEF. Here's an example: "BWM 3031044 Pte. H. Dixon 75-Can. Inf. Papers here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=356288 Born in Liverpool in 1888, living in Chicago when he enlisted in the CEF. Still in Chicago in 1942 when he registered for the draft. Wounded 1918, losing top joints of left index finger and invalided. Entitled to a pair." PM me if you want to know more about Dixon, who I have for sale on another forum. Michael
  5. That is correct. The size of the block could vary widely. As has been said "Regimental Numbers of the Canadian Army" by Clive M. Law is the best source. Michael
  6. My maternal grandfather, a metallurgical engineer, was enticed to Canada in 1908 to run a plant in Welland Ontario. In 1914 he reported for duty on general mobilization. He served in France with the 327 RI and was then seconded to the British as an Interpreter. In 1915, at the urgent pleadings of his company and the Canadian government he was released to return and run his plant. As far as we can tell, he never claimed his medals. My grandmother had twins in 1912 (one being my mother), another daughter in 1915, and finally a son in 1920. So a Medaille de la famille in bronze, right? Nope, she and her husband became Canadian citizens in 1919. Michael
  7. The 90th were in Canada during the War of 1812. I can't find any reference to service there during Treadwell's service. Michael
  8. 1/23 E[scadrille] Campagnes d'A[frique F[rancais du] N[ord]
  9. "And the R.A.S.C. on my medals stands for 'Royal Army Special Commando'!" Michael
  10. About twenty years ago I was in a shopping mall in Toronto, and there was an elderly gentleman sitting on a bench with a SWB on his blazer lapel. Michael
  11. C2205 falls within 3rd Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, (Active Service) They were alloted C2001 to C3000 - 2205 is his individual number. L11898 is in the block for the 21st Field Battery Royal Canadian Artillery, again an Active (i.e. overseas) unit. When he re-enlisted for Korea, and S was added, but he did not necessarily serve in his wartime unit. You would need to have his service papers. I suspect he was a very late enlistment and may not have qualified for more than a War Medal. Michael
  12. This thread gives the post-1917 R.A. blocks: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?/topic/42338-royal-artillery-units/ Michael
  13. C2205 falls within 3rd Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, (Active Service) Michael
  14. "Militarized" would seem to mean police units organized on a military basis, such as frontier constabulary. I'm not sure whether members of the RCMP other than those serving with the Canadian Provost Corps qualified. I have a feeling they may have. Michael
  15. The Railway regiments of the A.F.I. would have had Anglo-Indians. As you say, they were one place that recruited heavily from this class. A "Gunner Guard D'Souza" appears in another of Kipling's short stories. I saw a book called "The Proud and the Prejudiced" listed somewhere, which is a history of the Anglo-Indians. Michael