peter monahan

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  1. Have you posted this on social media? Try this: 'Willing to rule small to medium sized country. No previous experience. Salary negotiable. Must include benefits package and bodyguard regiment.'
  2. Lovely! One of the nicest militraia pieces I ever saw was a 6" high british Dragoon Guards helmet, complete in every detail and also clearly a salesman's sample and, like these, very best quality work. There is also a chap in western Canada who recently posted, on another forum, photos of what he makes: Fairbarne Sykes Fighting Knves in minature. They are the size of a toothpick ! And seem to be very accurate scale models of the real thing. All hand work and very impressive!
  3. Judging by what's going on just south of me, you may have a point, Chris. Where are all the enlightened despots when we really need them?
  4. I was going to suggest what Brian has: a device for detecting transmissions, either of suspcious, perhaps espionage related radios or perhaps to detect unlicenced receivers? Did germany at this period insist on receivers being licenced, as the UK did? Another great wheeze by which gov'ts collected money!
  5. Negative evidence is also evidence. Sadly, very few of the Canadian records and none of the offical ones for WWI include photos. Babcock's full record of service is avaialble at the web address posted above but is of no help. The 10th Battalion has a web site, maintianed by their successor unit, the Calgary Hughlanders, here:
  6. Well, yes, that's who I meant. How about we grant you 'provisional Gentleman' staus till all the votes are counted?
  7. Speaking as one of the not gentleman, I first have to say that Chris is NOT the only gentleman in the group! That is to say, yes, we only have one, but Chris isn't him! Seriously, Rebecca, we are not so stuffy as to exclude women from the group. Both Chris and I are married, for example, and have too much respect for our respective spice [the plural of 'spouse'] and our own continued well being to ever consider such a move. You are more than welcome to browse, share and ask questions of all the members. In fact, as I am Canadian and Chris is a proud veteran of la legion, I'm sure we'd both love to see any information you'd care to share on The Colonel. Dave, please feel free to chip in as well, and welcome, both of you to the Gentleperson's Military Interest Club! Peter
  8. Thomas Bryson Kinniburgh was discharged on Sept. 4, 1912 from the Canadian Pacific line's 'S.S. Lake Erie', an emigrant ship which seems to have had a steady run between Liverpool, where he was discharged, and Quebec City. His home address was given as Glasgow. A month previously he was discharged, at his own request, from the Workhouse in Old Gravel Lane, London. According to the 1901 Census of Scotland, Kinniburgh had a wife, Jessie, three daughters and a son, the eldest nine. I can't see anything else about his service in Ancestry, but perhaps those clues will help. Feel free to PM me for more detailed info. from the census and copies of the two discharge papers. Peter
  9. Manni I saw you initial post on Scouting in SW Africa and began some very preliminary research, just to satisfy my own curiosisity, but got distracted before I finished. This is a fascinating piece. My first reaction to your query was 'Didn't the Germans lose SW Africa after the War?' but I completely missed the vital point that the German population of the area would have stayed on! And, presumably, formed social and other clubs as did all expatriate populatiions. [I blame old age for most of my mental lapses. ]
  10. It is certainly the case that the Imperial Indian Army awarded campaign medals to 'followers' of all sorts. I'm not sure if they also qualified for long service medals but I suspect the answer is yes. As so many of the traditions carried on, and as the place of non-combatants in the armed forces of India and Pakistan contiuned to be vital, I would say its a good possibility. A 1984 amendment to the rules for the Indian Navy Long Service Medal says that 'with immediate effect' the award of this medal without the RS.100 per annum gratuity is to cease. I suspect that the award without gratuity may have been for 'followers' or the naval equivalent, but that's just a guess.
  11. Provenance is all. I would agree that, as far as can be told from the photos, the order is probably genuine, but... not in that group?
  12. Obviously well loved, and remembered. Thank you for sharing the photo.
  13. Yes, farm work was all by hand back then, but well fed. A lot of young Brits came over as teens, young men or even boys if they were part of the Barnardo scheme, and most would have wound up on farms. Something like 80% plus of the population was rural. In a very unscientific sampling, 4 of the 70 men from my towen who died were Barnardp boys and those are the men well enough known to be on the emorials, so the % would have been higher. But, even by the end of the war, 'British born' men were 48% of thge CEF. One reason the ages were not as young as people assume: over 30 in fact.
  14. Andy Robertshaw, who used to be the Education co-ordinator at the Imperial War Museum [London] comes to Canada annually now and I've been able to see him the last two years. Last fall he showed students a slide show on the WWI trenches and one shot shows a bunch of 1918 recruits: average height 5'1", average weight probably 95 pounds, and all look 15 years old. They are simply the result of 2-3 generations of urban poverty and what was left to recruit by that late in the war. The Canadians and Aussies, at least those born there, were valued not just for their 'fighting spirit' but because most were farm boys and well nourished. This, of course, dicounts the 48% of the CEF who were actually British Born but even they would likely have bben betterb fed here as young men than in some mining town in Wales or Yorkshire or a factory slum in Manchester or London. I believe that the average Cdn recruit had two inches on the average British soldier and probably 20-30 pounds in weight.
  15. I was going to mention the use of Greek letters during the Indian Mutiny as a primitive form of code as well. I also recall reading, as a teen, so sooome time ago, of British officers in North Africa in early WWII using schoolboy slang and "multi-lingual" phrases in an attempt to fool the Jerries. The example which has stuck in my head all these years was 'Bumbeaten' for 'Asmara', Ethiopia, as the Hundi/Urdu word for 'hit' or 'beat' is 'maro'. Just re-rereading one of Patrick O'Brien's naval novels, of 'luck Jack Aubrey', and there are several signals which are simply Biblical references and clearly intended to be witty as opposed to secret.