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Tony Farrell

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  1. Thanks for putting me right. Every little helps. Is there a definitive cut off date for imperial awards in the Rhodesian armed forces? I've not been able to find one. I only ask as I have a medal in my collection that omits the 'Southern' prefix following the federal period and I'd like to know how much of a shelf life these issues had before being replaced by the post UDI awards.
  2. As far as I've been able to ascertain, the TJFF utilised a rank structure based on the Turkish model - not unlike the Egyptian and Sudanese armies, but with minor titular differences relating to the equivalent ranks of captain (rais) and major (kaid). These lower ranks appear to have been locally-commissioned positions and not those used by the (more senior) seconded British officers who continued to use their own ranks, though they may have been referred to by their Turkish equivalent titles: major (bimbashi) and lieutenant colonel (kaimakam). Any confirmation or clarification on this would be appreciated.
  3. Just spotted this. That's one hell of an interesting group: Police MSM for Gallantry, Police MSM, Police LS&GC and an Independence. Were they named?
  4. It's the ribbon for the decoration (RD), not the medal. He was thus an officer in the RNR.
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    Waterloo Medal

    It should read name, battalion and Grenad. Guards.
  6. The young chap in the top photo is Royal Fusiliers with a Territorial Force battalion as he appears to be wearing territorial shoulder titles. The other chap is 'possibly' East Yorkshire Regiment. Both shots are typical wartime studio photos. Neither are wearing Canadian pattern tunics. Make of that what you will.
  7. It's French manufactured. They made DCMs as well.
  8. I think it's something to do with the tender process, i.e. the manufacture. The design, warrant and clasp criteria (to date) have all been sorted. The design is surprisingly traditional and a departure from recent design trends. It's quite Victorian in overtone.
  9. Bert, the DIN is still restricted, so I would advise against posting ops and areas, screen grabbing designs etc, as there could be ramifications for the forum. However, given that the ribbon design is already 'out' - thanks to a factory tour by HMQ, where the ribbon was clearly on view (amongst the other recent issues) - I cannot see the Defence of the Realm being compromised by a knocked up jpeg on Paintbox. So...
  10. Tony Farrell

    In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    I've only just picked up on this too. A very knowledgeable and helpful chap. RIP Merv.
  11. Thanks for the reply Dave. It corroborates the prioritisation v supply supposition.
  12. I can only think that this is a local borough police award if indeed it's 'yer man' - as he'd have had no prior police service to WWI that would suggest a 1902 Police Coronation. In any case, if it was such it would (by then) have been worn after the BWM/Vic (which you've correctly ID'd). The regulations as regards to the wearing of these borough and county awards was haphazard at best and was down to local command permission. Unfortunately, I have no idea which medal it could be, but it's positioning ahead of his war medals is suggestive of a bravery award.
  13. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  14. Thread now six years old, so... bump. We may have some new members who can add something interesting.
  15. There was a series of long and meritorious service awards introduced upon SL becoming an independent dominion in '61. These supplanted the CPM (both for gallantry and merit) and the Colonial Police and Fire LSMs. Though the designs were markedly different, they followed the established model of the predecessor awards. All used the Cecil Thomas 'Tudor' effigy of Elizabeth II and the reverses reflected the service with inscriptions denoting award type. They all had ring suspenders and were struck from both silver and cupro-nickel - the latter materiel being utilised for the LS awards only. All of the above awards are excessively rare, and to the best of my knowledge none have come onto the market in recent years... if ever! Given the turbulent state of the country, it's extremely likely that the survivability of any of the above awards is low. I haven't even seen any images never mind encountered as much as a specimen example. I await the day when one crops up (along with the elusive Mauritius Police issue). We can but live in hope.
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