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Jeff Mc William

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    Military history, uniform & badges, also world wide interest in medals and decorations..tho' not a collector of anything.

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  1. Hi Bryan. A lovely badge indeed, tho' I disagree with Andy, and would say it is definitely an Officer's badge. To me the reversed metals indicate The Honourable Artillery Coy (Infantry Bn). This certainly applies to the later "Bell-Top" and "Albert" shako badges and SBPs which I have seen. Regards. Jeff PS: Apparently this distinction was formerly confirmed by William IV in 1830, although it may well have been in practice much earlier.
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    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Megan Thanks for asking. (many don't bother). Download mine by all means, but don't forget they originate from Spink. All the best Jeff
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    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hello Paul Yes, they are very nice (and rare). I only wish I had seen them at the time ... I might have been able to make a bid. As it is, some other lucky person has "bagged them". They were illustrated on Spink's cover, that's why you can see the vestige of other items.(copy attached). Glad you were able to open these files. Regards. Jeff Spanish Medals pen war spink.tif
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    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Antonio Once again, very many thanks for your kind help in this matter and for the interesting link to your web site. Please find attached (if it works) two further examples of Spanish Peninsular War awards taken from an old Spink catalogue ... not mine I'm afraid. I will be back later with my Albuhera Cross query later if I may. Once again, many thanks. Jeff Spain 3rd Army Leon & Cadiz 1815.tif Spain Chiclana Cross 1811.tif PS: Sorry I don't know how to download pics yet, but if you click on these,they will come up. Regards Jeff
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    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Antonio That's terrific ! Thank you very much for your most prompt and interesting reply. This document seems to imply that the medals were given in bulk by the Spanish Junta to be distributed by the British as they thought fit .... hence no Spanish list ?? So I guess I aught to be looking at the UK records if I can find them ! Anyway, this has given me fresh food for thought ... thank you. Any thoughts about the ribbon dilemma ? Once again, very many thanks for your help. Regards Jeff
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    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Augustin Very many thanks indeed for sharing these rare, historic, and beautiful Spanish decorations and documents of the Napoleonic Wars. At last I have found someone interested in these exquisite Peninsular War awards and who (I hope) may be able to help me with some long-standing, and so far unanswered, queries : The first concerns the medal for Bagur & Palamos awarded in both gold and silver to British Naval personnel for their actions in Sept 1810. To begin with ; despite the numbers being "banded around" viz, "8 gold, and the remainder in silver" there does not appear to be any list of names ... official or un-official for these decorations. I wonder if you could help me on this ? Next, for the same medal ; All of the dealers and most of the printed references refer to the ribbon as "Red with yellow edges", but the example in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwhich, (which appears to be original) is yellow with red edges, and on two Spanish Web sites the ribbon is given as Green moire !? Is there any explanation for this ? I do have some other queries re the Albuhera Cross, but I guess these will be enough for the time being. Looking forward to any help you can give. Sincerely Jeff McWilliam
  7. Hi Augustin Some fabulous and rare Swedish medals of a long forgotten contribution to the Napoleonic Wars. Thank you for sharing. Regards Jeff
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    Swiss Role

    Sorry Chris, I should learn not to be so "touchy". My apologies. Yes, I would imagine it might be a bit tricky in the heat of an aerial combat to ensure one didn't drift off over the Swiss border, and as for the odd stray shell (or gas attack) impinging on neutral territory, I guess that would be quite a worry for both sides too ! I can see I will have to try and locate some of these Swiss tomes to see if I can learn more about this very unusual and complex situation. Many thanks once again to both of you. Regards Jeff
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    Swiss Role

    Just a facetious pun.....sorry. Re the "go figure" retort...that's just what I thought I was doing ! I just needed a little help that's all. Anyway gentlemen, very many thanks for your replies (and the link)...much appreciated I assure you. Regards Jeff
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    Swiss Role

    Hi All One point that has often intrigued me re the Great War is ; What battles and engagements (if any) took place in the immediate vicinity of the Swiss Border ? Was the war there as intense as on the other parts of the Front...or was it relatively calm ? Were there any massive artillery bombardments and fierce aerial combats here ? And were there any instances of incursions (accidental or otherwise) into Swiss territory ? If so, how did the Swiss monitor or control this edge of the Line ? Hoping someone can clarify these points. Regards Jeff
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    Christmas Truce

    That's very interesting (and enlightening) thank you gentlemen. I shall have to see if I can get hold of a copy of "Silent Night" Many thanks again for your replies. Jeff
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    Christmas Truce

    As a point of interest (and perhaps controversy) ; Did the French have a similar truce to that happening along the British Lines ? For obvious reasons perhaps, one would suspect not, although It would be interesting to know. Perhaps someone "out there" can enlighten me. Regards, and a happy Christmas to all. Jeff
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    Killed after the Armistice

    Just as a matter of interest ; Is there a list of those killed immediately after 11.00am on the 11th November 1918 ? As I believe there were quite a few on both sides. One paricular incident that springs to mind is that of a German officer who stepped out to meet and shake the hand of some advancing Americans at about Mid-day and was shot dead on the spot because the news had not got through to them ! Also, I am told, there is at least one cemetary in France where the dates have been deliberately altered for those killed after the Armistice in order to disguise the facts. An absolute traversty in my opinion. I wonder...can anyone "out there" elaborate on these observations and perhaps clarify some of the details. Many thanks in advance. Jeff
  14. Yes. Thank you too Gents that is an excellent picture and biography. Incidently my records show that he was not the only Brit to get the German Iron Cross. The other names I have are ; General Sir C.P.B Walker (Franco Prussian War I think) Surgeon J.H.K. Innes ditto General Sir Henry Brakenbury ditto Capt Sir James Lumsden Seaton ditto Col Sir Henry Montague Hozier ditto Mr Eddie Chapman WW2 This last one is the only one I know that was awarded the Nazi decoration. He was apparently a double-agent. Once again thank you very much Gentlemen for a most interesting thread. Regards Jeff
  15. A very interesting thread. Thank you Gentlemen. May I ask if anyone knows where I can obtain some decent colour pics of Surgeon-General George Manley VC.CB. medals. Amoung his numerous awards he had the New Zealand War Medal & Victoria Cross plus the German Franco /Prussian War Medal 1870 and the Iron Cross, a unique combination I believe. Unfortunately the RAMC Museum says it does not have his medals...or even a photograph of them !? Rather curious I think. Can anyone else point me in the right direction ? Many thanks in advance. Jeff