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  1. Hello All, I've acquired a small set of medals awarded to a South African gentleman for his services during WWII. With the medals came copies of some paperwork in which two units/postings were mentioned : - a/m A.F.S. Gordon's Bay and No. 7 Motor Boat Sec. Any information on those would be much appreciated. Regards, Hendrik
  2. Thanks Chris ! Great stuff. As the medal recipient was a diesel mechanic, the article's praise of the boats' maintenance directly concerns him. Regards, Hendrik
  3. INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN

    Indeed it does ! Only recipients born in France or its "overseas territories" are in the database. Recipients of former colonies haven't been entered in it. Regards, Hendrik
  4. INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN

    Plenty of them but none with those first names : LE BIHAN Alain François Marie 1905/05/05 Finistère ; Lesneven LE BIHAN Alphonse Edmond Louis 1882/12/17 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Ange Marie 1917/10/17 Loire-Atlantique ; Pont-Chateau LE BIHAN Charles Marie Casimir 1798/12/01 Pays-Bas ; Delft LE BIHAN Francis Alfred Henri 1890/11/24 Loire-Atlantique ; Saint-Nazaire LE BIHAN François Marie 1896/01/15 Finistère ; Plouégat-Guerrand LE BIHAN Félix François 1873/02/05 Côtes-d'Armor ; Saint-Igneuc LE BIHAN Gustave Jean Adolphe 1869/01/11 Finistère ; Quimper LE BIHAN Henri Lucien 1903/07/19 Finistère ; Kérity LE BIHAN Hervé Marie 1892/06/09 Finistère ; Roscanvel LE BIHAN Jacques Edouard Eugène Marie 1863/05/02 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Jean Mathurin 1881/06/29 Morbihan ; Locqueltas LE BIHAN Joseph Léon 1895/07/17 Morbihan ; Port-Louis LE BIHAN Joseph Marie 1882/09/12 Morbihan ; Pluvigner LE BIHAN Joseph Marie 1880/11/07 Finistère ; Plougasnou LE BIHAN Joseph Pierre Marie 1887/04/05 Finistère ; Guilvinec LE BIHAN Léon Joseph 1882/08/05 Morbihan ; Lorient LE BIHAN Léon Victor Marie 1909/02/01 Loire-Atlantique ; Pont-Château LE BIHAN Michel Yves Marie 1900/07/23 Finistère ; Pont-l'Abbé LE BIHAN Paul Emile Casimir Auguste 1830/08/17 Nord ; Valenciennes LE BIHAN Pierre Désiré Charles 1865/06/06 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Yves François Marie 1872/04/30 Côtes-d'Armor ; Lannion LE BIHAN Yves Henri 1875/11/05 Mayenne ; Laval The dates and place names refer to birth date and place. Regards, Hendrik
  5. Many thanks Arthur for the perfect answer to my question ! Regards, Hendrik
  6. INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN

    Hello François, I've not heard of or seen one so far. Just a thought : could your man have become a Canadian national after the war and before he received the Legion d'Honneur ? Foreign recipients are not listed in the Leonore database ... Regards, Hendrik
  7. INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN

    INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN Hi, Nobody with that name and first names combination in the Légion d'Honneur database, I'm afraid. Regards, Hendrik
  8. Named French group WWI and interwar period

    Hello, The Léonore database should prove to be helpful : http://www.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/leonore/recherche.htm Enjoy going through the 5 likely suspects among the 13 listed Gardes ... Regards, Hendrik
  9. Hi ww1buff, Far from being an expert in the matter, I hold the same opinion as expressed in your "guess" of a number of awards being made available to the US forces to distribute as they pleased. As far as I know the US forces were never actively engaged in the Belgian part of the front and thus, such awards would not be made with a very specific citation but rather more likely with a short sentence indicating "for services rendered during the war" or something of that ilk. Regards, Hendrik
  10. Hello Gents, Could anyone identify the maker's mark found on the suspension ring of a Belgian Medal for Courageous Acts, Dedication and Humanity ? The mark : The medal : Thanks ! Hendrik
  11. Many thanks Guy ... I hoped it was :-)
  12. Hi, If my information is correct : V Division = Wandsworth and A Division = Whitehall Regards, Hendrik
  13. Belgian web site

    Hello Jerry, French language version of my site is at http://hmc2.pagesperso-orange.fr/ Working on the English version now, it'll be at http://www.medalcorner.fr/ in due course. Regards, Hendrik
  14. What Belgian Medal ?

    Hello, This one, I think : Regards, Hendrik
  15. Which medal ?

    The website seems to be available again today ... and, yes, awards are "unofficial" ones. Regards, Hendrik
  16. Which medal ?

    Indeed, the website seems to be down for the moment ...
  17. Which medal ?

    Hello Larry, Not quite I'm afraid ... try this one : http://larenaissancefrancaise.org/Les-distinctions It's emitted by a society that basically promotes French language and culture. Regards, Hendrik
  18. Hello All, This medal is certainly amongst my favourites as far as British campaign medals go. Besides having lots of possible bar combinations which makes it a collector's dream, I'm also aware that different versions exist which can be identified on the medal's reverse : 1. Britannia holding the wreath to the letter "R" in Africa with underneath the dates 1899-1900 2. Same but with dates removed but still visible, aka "ghost dates" 3. Britannia holding the wreath to the letter "F" in Africa (no dates) and 4. "Mediterranean" instead of "South Africa". Of the first issue it would appear less than 70 were ever awarded and only to one unit, Lord Strathcona's Horse. Has anyone ever seen such a medal and, even more interesting, taken a picture of it which can be posted here ? I'd love to see one Here's one with the Mediterranean reverse : [attachmentid=17468]
  19. Hello All, I'm looking for information, pictures, requirements for award, a possible purchase of the medal itself, ... in short, anything on the Medal for Participation in International Services, which was apparently instituted on April 1, 2004. Regards, Hendrik
  20. Hi, It looks like a horn of affluence followed by the letters BR. That would be the Paris Mint mark with BR for "bronze". Regards, Hendrik
  21. Belgian Bat D'Angleterre bar

    Not wrong, both "types" exist. Miniatures, and their ribbon attachments, are not officially regulated as to their manufacture. There is some similarity to this front stripe bar device on a WWI Commemorative Medal miniature : But straight bars for the same exist there as well ... nothing's written in stone when miniature medals are concerned ... Regards, Hendrik
  22. Belgian Bat D'Angleterre bar

    Sorry to be a spoilsport again, Dave : the "third attachment" is a set of miniature bars representing 2 years of being a POW. It has no official place on this medal's ribbon. They belong on the miniature version of this : Regards, Hendrik
  23. Grandfathers medals, belgium ID please

    Hi, I don't think so. The first idea, i.e. a faded blue and black ribbon for this knight class of the Order of Leopold II, is the correct one for me. Regards, Hendrik
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