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Michael Johnson

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About Michael Johnson

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  • Birthday 13/12/51

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    Oakville, Canada West
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    The Great War 1914-18
    Royal Garrison Artillery

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  1. Strange Creatures, These Collectors

    "In my defence and as I pointed out to my father there were no witness to the alleged explosion; none that were over the age of majority that was. So really it was simple hear say that I was anywhere near this unfortunate set of coincidences, and therefore inadmissible as evidence. It surely couldn’t be that small bit of misadventure and besides I was the injured party in that I served a period of grounding for an offence that the prosecution (aka parents) failed to prove, due to lack of evidence, and then denied me an appeal process." As the son of a Q.C., in the years before I attended Law School, I soon learned that although he practised corporate law, my father was no slouch at cross-examination. My elder son (who just wrote his Bar Exams) still thinks he can argue law with me. This Court is not bound by the laws of evidence, or indeed any laws. It is pure "palm tree justice". Michael
  2. My father's brother-in-law received the 1953 Coronation with the RCAF. My mother's brother was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal, which is with my cousin. My aunt was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, but we couldn't find it after she died in 2001. I have the first group, and have miniatures for my other uncle and aunt. Michael
  3. David, Do you know if the medals are still in the family? They were issued un-named, although I have seen a few that were privately engraved, and one 1937 to a member of the Life Guards that was impressed. It would be a simple matter to recreate the group. Michael
  4. Here's the answer! "Australian Awards of the Coronation and Jubilee medals by David Helfgott confirms all awards you mention. All with his connection to the Lutheran church. 1935 Jubilee is in the South Australian list."
  5. David, I've posted this request on the British Medals Forum, where there we may find someone who has the rolls. Michael
  6. Foreign Legion Member in the Great War

    Rebecca, Welcome. A fascinating story of an exceptional man. Michael (who is a gentleman - notice that I dress to go on Forum )
  7. Greetings fellow collectors.....It's been awhile!!!

    Welcome back, Ed. Fifty+ years ago I would have died for a Model A - built enough models of them. Of course I was too young to drive, even. Looking forward to photos. Michael
  8. The regiment won two George Medals in Italy, both minefield incidents. Sowar Ditto Ram's citation is here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37386/supplement/6055/data.pdf St. John Graham Young R.T.R. attached C.I.H. was the second recipient: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37185/supplement/3765/data.pdf Michael
  9. I BLAME YOU ALL!

    I bought a USN discharge certificate offa eBay - enlisted 1949, discharged 1953, immediate re-up for 4 years.. When I found his veteran's Veteran's Burial on Ancestry it looks like he served from 1943 into the 1970s - WWII, Korea, AND Vietnam. I'm sending off for his record, and suspect he had quite a rack, ending up as a SCPO. Could even beat Smart's group. Michael
  10. I BLAME YOU ALL!

    "And how do you know I'm addicted?" asked Alice. "You must be," said the Caterpillar, "or you wouldn't be here."
  11. 305th Field Artillery in France, 1919

    Gabatgh, You will find that these things are all over the shop. Obviously you will get the best price from a family member, if there is one, who is actively searching. If not, providing as much detail as possible will generate interest. It is always worthwhile to go an Ancestry.com and find out who has a family tree up for your particular man. Do not be put off by anyone who wants it back for free. Many items leave families for many reasons, and the cry of "It was stolen!" can be met with "When? Did you file a police report at the time?" Ignore police reports filed after the events - they are worthless. There is a concept in law of "purchaser in good faith without notice". Michael
  12. I BLAME YOU ALL!

    I just purchased my FIFTH named Navy Good Conduct Medal. I keep telling myself I collect British and Canadian. Sadly, the cost of a Freedom of Information request in the UK is almost as much as the medal. For my group to Smart, National Archives sent me his record for free. Back history: I spent my youth building model airplanes, including a whole bunch of U.S. Navy 1925-45. So when a medal to a man who served on USS Hornet (CV-12) from its commissioning comes up, I guess I have to have it. Michael
  13. I'm pretty sure it's him as he was a Devonport enlistment. Gunner 1944
  14. 1939-45 Star (six months at sea on operations), Atlantic Star (another six months service in the Atlantic), Africa Star (service probably in the Mediterranean), Burma Star with clasp for Pacific Star (Far East service Indian Ocean and Pacific), War Medal with Mention in Despatches, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (15 years' service in the ranks without disciplinary offences or adverse conduct reports. Rank is that of Lieutenant. Obviously commissioned after long service. If we could make out the name it might be possible to identify him. I think it's Lt. Harry Morris Clark who in 1956 was a Commissioned Gunner. I haven't tracked down his Mention, but I'll try the British Medals Forum - the experts there will probably tell me what he had for breakfast July 2, 1944. All in all, that is quite a find! Michael
  15. Found in New Jersey house basement

    Perhaps a Drummer or Musician? More likely to have carried a short sword. Michael
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