peter monahan

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  1. I agree with Coldstream that exact dimensions and perhaps a phot taken in brighter light would help. The style suggests, to my not very expert mind, late 1700s [1780 on?] to 1840 or so, when this 'stirrup hilt' was popular with a lot of armies, usually for cavalry and artillery. The style of crown would help prove it British but most of the British ones seem to have had metal, not leather covered, scabbards and the 'iron' grip is a bit of a puzzler too. perhaps it was leather wrapped and that leather is now missing?
  2. Matarius, welcome to the GMIC! I'm afraid I have no real insights to offer about your dagger, except to agree that it looks as if it was made for use by a local and not a tourist item. I spent some time in West Africa many years ago and the style doesn't look at all familiar. As far as recall, every knife I saw there had a leather sheath. I own/owned a couple blades of Tuareg workmanship and have seen a few more sub-Saharan West African styles and I'd venture to say it's NOT from there, which is not much help I grant you coming from a layman but does suggest it was acquired in the east or south parts of the continent. Perhaps other members will be able to help - we have an incredibly eclectic and knowledgeable bunch here. Good luck with the queries! Peter
  3. 49 minutes! You guys are incredible!
  4. If he was from the 'class of '16' he would have been a very young soldier in WWI and presumably either stayed in the Army or rejoined for the Second War and stayed in after that, retiring in 1954, so the medal is certainly one he could have earned. As you can see from the site Tony posted, there was no single pattern for these tags/bracelets but if I had to guess I'd say that his ID number was '413' and that the 'EV1916' may mean, as Peron said, simply that he was a volunteer.
  5. Thanks.
  6. I'd say 'mixed lot' covers it nicely. One wonders how they all got into the auction where, I assume, the auction house lumped them together. Looks like a nice find, all in all.
  7. I recently made the mistake of trying to chat with the Sgt. in charge of the Toronto Police mounted [riot] squad near a demo outside a US consulate. He was quite curt and wanted to know who I was/what I was doing. I can only assume he figured I was doing a recce for future badness against he and his mount. In fact, I was just being my usual gormless self, trying to strike up a chat but I suppose they have toi assume the worst. Not a job I'd want!
  8. Once again I've dropped the ball! [shame-faced icon here] The 3,000m height suggests a scal which I agree is unlikely for a training or 'demo' trench. Shutting up now!
  9. Aliwal North (Afrikaans: Aliwal-Noord) is a town in central South Africa on the Orange River, Eastern Cape Province. Aliwal North is the seat of the Maletswai Local Municipality within the Joe Gqabi District Municipality. Aliwal North is named in tribute to Sir Harry Smith. Sir Harry Smith, founded the small town of Aliwal North in the Cape Province of South Africa in 1850. He named the town "Aliwal" in memory of his victory over the Sikhs in 1846, and "North" in opposition to Aliwal South (now Mossel Bay). The park in the centre of Aliwal North, the Juana Square Gardens was named after Smith's wife Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon... Municipal status was attained in 1882. [My first comment was 'Aliwal sounds Indian'. Then I found this. ]
  10. Yes, please!
  11. " The recording of the new enlistments on the same day as the discharge of the group being sent back to Britain is interesting; one might even think conveniently neat, except that the army were unlikely to deal in approximate dates, since it would mean paying a man more, or less, than the amount he was due. Perhaps, these men were all enlisted 'in country' at the same place on the same day, from regiments that were shipping home. Another possibility is that these were American individuals from the Loyalist community, I assume you will have checked that the date given is his actual enlistment date and not simply the date on which the roll was compiled, which can be done by comparing the amount he was paid with the number of days between his enlistment/the start date of the roll and the date given. An interesting puzzle indeed, made more frustratiing in your case by the shortage of info. on the recruits. The usual information, of course, included place or origin and trade and, as pointed out, whether he was a transfer from another regiment. I am currently working with rolls from 1812-14 and have come across several men listed as 'dead' who subsequently re-appear, having been captured and paroled in circumstances in which, I assume, their mates 'saw them fall'. Frustrating when one is trying to produce a definitive list of killed. Or survivors for that matter! Yes, do keep us posted on how you make out, please!
  12. Fascinating discussion and great to see both the level of expertise and the obvious checking/research done by some members more industrious than myself! My only additionsl thought is that this looks awfully elaborate for early in the war but the lack of shell cratering and the roads suggest, as Spasm says, a rear area. Is it neat enough to have been a 'demonstration' or training layout? I was at a symposium on Vimy this past weekend and someone pointed out that a trench in a photo was clearly a model, as the corners were square and so were the sandbags!