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  1. In this day and age, as you say, the thought that a 20 year old was 'in charge' of men's lives and thousands of pounds worth of equipment seems almost insane but, as they say, 'there was a war on'. Last year I met a man who'd celebrated his 18th birthday [perhaps not officially] on the beaches of Normandy as a Sergeant in command of a 25 pound anti-tank gun and crew of 6. He stayed in after the War and made Sgt Major in the RCA and met at least one surviving Gunner from his crew, all of whom were older than he was. In the Great War, education and social class were often seen as indicators of someone who was 'officer material', to the frequent despair of log service troops and NCOs. A war time commission, 30-90 days training and a trip to the Front were depressingly common. I say 'depressingly' because, inevitably, at least some of these officers got themselves and others killed through sheer inexperience. If you search out the war diary of any RGA unit you will likely be able to get a good sense of how an Gun or Battery spent it's time when not in action by reading the entries describing daily activities and training. Some of the diaries may be quite detailed in that respect: 'B Battery practice calibration, C Battery worked on repairing gun carriages' or something of the sort for a given day. Not a lot of help, I'm afraid, but perhaps a slim thread to follow up. Have you identified which Battery or Regiment he was with? Peter
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    Help Finding Medals

    SSM, welcome to the GMIC! I hope someone here can help, though this is a very specialized field indeed. I know a tiny bit about it - if you'd like to click on my icon and private message me, feel free. Your late great-great uncle's medals should have been sent to the family after his death was confirmed, by the Indian Mint, but it is not uncommon to hear of such things being returned as undeliverable - if the family had moved, for example - or simply lost in the vast number of medals being sent out, as I'm sure you know how large the IA's contribution was in WWII. There is a web site somewhat irreverently named 'S A Gongs', run by an American prof who is one of the [English speaking] experts on post WWII Indian and Pakistani medals. You can join that site by applying and they may be able to steer you to sources for the post-1947 medals. They are not uncommon and can usually be obtained fairly cheaply. The WWII British/Indian issue medals are getting up there in price but as most were issued unnamed - unlike the Indian ones! - you can pick up singles to make up the group again. Sadly, as the IA did name its WWII medals, the lost ones cannot be replaced with identical versions. But, again, not too hard to get most of the gongs on your list. Some Indian sources sell what are called 'tailor's copies' of the commoner post-47 medals, unnanmed of course, for those looking to make up extra sets or replace lost ones. I hope this iis some small help. Please do contact me if you think it useful. Peter Monahan
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    1914-15 Star Dublin?

    Excellent. Thanks, Noor.
  4. Yes, the infamous 'Sausage and Tumtum' Corps. They were officially was renamed the "Indian Army Service Corps" in 1923, which might explain the difference in the serial numbers, though 'Allah Dad', with or without the 'h' would not be an uncommon name in the Punjab. 'D.T.T.' might stand for Divisional Transport Txxx Company or something even more exotic. Major L. L. Gordon, in British Battles and Medals [4th edition] alleges that 'there were in addition [to the regiments] medals given to the Indian Army Service Corps and Medical Service unts and a host of small formations such as the Soda Water Sections whose titles illustrate the complexity of modern war.' Combine that with Indian Mint staff only semi-fluent in the Roman alphabet - see dropped 'h' above - and the possibilities are endless. Any one of the three letters in 'D.T.T.' might be an error, though I would look for 'Divisional...' were I you.
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    1914-15 Star Dublin?

    "Would the Balkan theater not be Salonika? Or is that "Asia" on the cards? Not well versed in the MICs" Interestng question, which occurred to me too but which I haven'ty followed up yet. It's entirely possible, given the British imperial view of the globe that anywhere 'east of Suez' or, in ths case, east of Malta, was 'Asia' for official purposes: solar topis, cholera belts and all those other jolly bits which made the Empire so grand.
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    Anna Welcome to the GMIC! As ths is a very old thread, you may have better luck contacting the person who posted directly. If you clck on the name, it should take you to that member's account and you can send him/her a private message. Many of us have been around for 'a while' , post all over the place and don't necessarily check all our older posts for responses. Peter
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    Online resources

    Absolutely. For British medals your frst stop should be the Natonal Archves:http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-medal-index-cards-1914-1920/ Ancestry.com - which you pay to use or access, if you're lucky, at your local public library, also has pretty good frecords on the subject: https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/category.aspx?cat=39 I know a bit about researching Canadians, WWI, should any such medals come your way! Good luck with the hunt. Peter
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    Also a possbilty, in fact it sounds more likely than my theory. To quote Artie Shaw from a very old US TV show, 'Veery interestng'.
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    So, a primitive form of safety devce or simply meant to protect the hammer [and presumably the cartridges/cylinder] from wear?
  10. You need a researcher n the UK, or at least someone who has access to the British records. I believe they too are now avalable on Ancestry.com but membershps are annual and perhaps more than you want to pay. he: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/first-world-war/ http://www.greatwar.co.uk/research/family-history/trace-ww1-british-soldier.htm Good luck! Peter
  11. I only pay for Ancestry.ca and there are 50 pages [8-10 per page] of 'c.m. wood's, but I'll keep looking when I get some time. Almost certainly an outler, though, and not a fabrication. The late Gene Ursual was both ex-RCMP and a very knowledgable and highly respected dealer/collector and I'm sure Tanya, his daughter, the same, though I've never dealt with her personally. They would recognize a fake and not sell it on. Dtto DNW. And it would be an odd thing to fake! Keep looking!
  12. As the medal is named RAF, he would not have been in early enough to have earned a 1914-15 Star so very likely his only other award is a British War Medal. An "M.S.R. Broadbent" is shown on the 1914-1920 medal rolls maintained now by Ancestry.com, but my membership doesn't get me access to UK records, so have no more info. At least he's not a 'Smith', like the 2 RAF First War medals I own, so you have some chances of findng him. Good luck!
  13. Lovely. Is the slightly crooked crown a 'feature' or a result of accidental damage to this example?