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peter monahan

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  1. Looking for information

    Intriguing indeed. It is sounding less likely that India is part of the answer, though misspelled words are a staple of engraving work from that part of the world. Curiouser and curiouser, to quote Alice.
  2. Well spotted, Coldstream! I do love this group and the depth and breadth of knowledge it's members share!
  3. Looking for information

    "Peter, I did find reference to a Frontier Force Royal Artillery yesterday however," My apologies, Tony, I didn't understand your point there. There certainly were RA units attached to the Indian Army and thus, of course, to the Frontier Force and it would be interesting to find a reference to such on a lovely artifact like this!
  4. Looking for information

    Absent strong evidence to the contrary, I'd say 'R.A.' is 'Royal Artillery', so that leaves the 'F/t' to puzzle out. Perhaps 'From the R.A.'? Looking at a very extensive list of military abbreviations doesn't suggest anything more likely than 'Royal Artilery' and nothing at all for 'F/t'. 'Fd' is 'Field, as in artillery, and 'FT' is French Translator but neither of those is relevant so... ???
  5. Kandahar star medal

    "I'll continue to collect but now that I have all the most important medals from 1854 I will have to be very careful what I buy and only from Dixons from now on. I cannot risk spending say £hundreds on fakes. That's always a safe bet - buying form a reputable dealer. I don't buy anymore but still read Dixon's catalogue every month.
  6. Kandahar star medal

    1) Read, read and read some more! Look out all the sites which identify the 'fake' marks/errors on the commonly faked medals. Buy books on the subject if they exist. It will save you a lot of grief and money in the long run. 2) Examine real medals, in museums, collections or at shows. Other collectors will be more than happy, generally speaking, to help you learn and there is simply no substitute for handling multiple examples of the real thing to 'tune' one's knowledge. 3) The Kandahar Star is one of the 19th century medals which is faked, due to its rarity and the campaign and actions it represents. OTOH, most IGSMs are still not so valuable that faking them is worth the bother, I don't believe. Of course 'improving' a medal with extar bars is and was done. I once collected IGSMs to Indian troops and almost all the multi-bar medlas had had bars added locally by regiment or indidivdual soldiers, with all sorts of odd rivets, wires and so on. Collecting to British troops should mostly obviate that issue but again, knowing what is out there is key. Did the Sussex Reg't issue 650 bars for 'Afgahnistan 1919', making them common and likely pukka or not? If it's too good to be true, it's likely false! 4) Ask around before you buy. Good dealers will always take back a medal if you're not satisfied and some dealers are known for their honesty! Good luck! I hope you enjoy many happy years of collecting!
  7. Strange military knife id

    It's what we on this side of the Atlantic call a 'hunting knife', which QSA Mike alludes to. Hundreds of models and sold in any sports store, so it's likely that many found their way to Europe [or were made in Brimingham] with private soldiers, but definitely not an issue item and, I think, unlikely to have been made in Europe or the other theatres in which the Allies fought.
  8. I was going to say 'On his head.' but I guess that won't help. The fact that the 'digger hat' has traitionally had an easy to manipulate hook and eye arrangement suggests that 'Either way.' is the correct answer. Without doing any research but relying on my razor sharp [63 year old] memory, I'm going to suggest that 'turned up' is the preferred modern style, which one sees in photos of parades in particular, but that clearly 'down' was the more practical method in sun and rain and seems commoner the further back one goes in time, especially in 'action photos'. All obvious, I know, but my point is that the further back one goes, the less rigidly the regs appear to have been enforced in any but formal contexts: photos of the Aussie Light Horse in the Middle east, for example, and of WWII troops in the Pacific, show them worn down, for obvious practical reasons. Photos of individuals in portraits and so on more often seem to show them up - 'for the look of the thing'. That said, one photo, which I will attempt to locate, shows light horse - near Beersheba, I think - with most brims down but one or two up, supporting my thesis that at some point it became a matter of individual preference. As someone who wears an Aussie style hat most summers, I can testify that 'brim down' wears better, as the weight balances out and the hat seems less likely to slip on one's head. My tuppence worth and then some! Peter
  9. Medal Identification - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient

    Odd that. If I were a Freudian I'd blame it on toilet training or penis envy, but who knows? Fascinating stry, though. Thank you.
  10. Medal Identification - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient

    Interesting! We tend to assume that men wearing medals to which they're not entitled are complete fakes, I think. If what you say is accurate, this fellow was a genuine hero with multpile awards who still felt it necessary to gild the lily! May one enquire who he was?
  11. Zambia

    Too bad. It would be nice to now what sorts of things qualified one for such an award.
  12. Zambia

    Very nice looking medal! Any information on th recipient or details of the award?
  13. I can only suggest searching the London Gazette. It is available on-line but can be frustrating, as the search engine is not infallible by any means. I took a quick look, but both his surname and forenames are so common as to throw up dozens of [false?] positives in a quick search. A few more details of his biography might help narrow the parameters.
  14. Smith of Glasgow 1796P Sword Maker info sought please

    Welcome to the GMIC! I'm afraid I have no words of wisdom, or any other kinf for that matter, on 'Smith of Glasgow' but it occurs to me that the sword might, instead of being Yeomanry or some other 'off make' of a standard blade, be a private purchase by patriotic citizens to present to some worthy hero. Just a thought and those swords usually had specifics of the award engraved on the blade but... one never knows. As to your second post, you are certainly not the only member of the GMIC whose home illlustrates the dangers of leaving adult males unsupervised and in control of various monetary resources! Welsome to the GMIC!
  15. new member here- hello!

    What Simon said. Brian too! We Canucks are thin in the hills on this site.
  16. The 'Yellow Boys' were certainly sharp looking. Take a minute and Google the Indian Republic Day parades to see what their ceremonial units still look like. Their one horsed unit - 43rd Cavalry? - wears the full dress uniforms of a number of regiments, including some State Forces units, for parades and they are glorious to behold! Chris, may I ask who the CO was you spoke of? A WWI or WWII DSO or something earlier?
  17. I bought this year's ago as a student and it still hangs on my wall. I hope it is of some interested: a limited edition print by an artist named Fenti of a Sowar of Skinner's Horse on the NWF.
  18. indian rank on medal

    "W/man" is almost certainly "Washerman". For the record, 'Washerman' is actually a 'trade' & not a 'rank'; but in India, there is a tendency to be casual over long/ complicated ranks, especially where space is at a premium- like on a medal." So, the modern equivalent of 'Dhobi'. Makes sense. And I completely agree about the casual approach to long rank titles. Presumably the mint workers are not paid by the letter and tend to abbreviate as the mood takes them.
  19. WW1 Blanket

    Paja My apologies! I meant to post the link to the 'US Army blanket' site. And, of course, now I can't find it again. :( If it has been in the family 5 generations it is a true heirloom, whatever the origins! Peter
  20. INDIA -- Videsh Seva Medal

    I second Brian's advice: Ed Haynes is your best bet. And, sadly, a good bit of luck will be required, as there are no central registries or sources for such medlas. Well done, too, sir, for your aim to re-build an importnat family icon! Peter
  21. A lovely piece of trench art and, as Trajan suggests, modelled on a British heavy cavalry helmet. Thank you for sharing it!
  22. I'd say, from the conditions of the ribbon and the lack of a pin, that the group has been remounted for display by a collector or family member. Sadly, researching Other Ranks of the Indian Army, either pre- or post-1947 is virtually impossible. There were 15 battalions by the end of WWII, of wehich several were capture at Singapore and the 2nd, 5th and 8th saw service in Burma. The 2nd also served in French Indo-China, trying to keep the peace between the Viet Minh and French, with the help of re-armed Japanese troops. Here is Wikipedia's take on their WWII service: During the Second World War the 8th Punjab Regiment again distinguished itself, suffering more than 4500 casualties. It was awarded two Victoria Crosses to Havildar Parkash Singh and Sepoy Kamal Ram, besides numerous other gallantry awards. The regiment raised a further nine battalions. Two of its battalions, the 1st and 7th, were captured on Singapore Island, when the British Commonwealth Army surrendered there to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. [Three] battalions fought in the Burma Campaign, while others saw service in Iraq, Iran, Italy, French Indochina and the Dutch East Indies. Two men from the 8th Punjab Regiment received the Victoria Cross: Havildar Parkash Singh in Burma and Sepoy Kamal Ram in Italy. By the end of the war, the Regiment consisted of 14 Battalions. However, most of the war-raised units were disbanded in 1946 except the 6th and 8th Battalions
  23. It looks like, as far as I can tell, a fairly standard police/military issue topi - Britain/Empire - which some trog has 'improved' with red and white paint and a non-regulation red band. I'd assume it was picked up cheap, and used for amateur theatricals or a costume party. Th eliner looks original though, and it's a shame to see it butchered tis way.
  24. All from the Nyasaland battalions, it seems. The KAR had a hard war in east Africa and anyone should be proud to have those poor unloved tokens of that! The regiment fought in the East African Campaign against the German commander Paul Erich von Lettow-Vorbeck and his forces in German East Africa. Transport and support into the interior was provided by over 400,000 porters of the Carrier Corps. By the end of the Great War the KAR comprised 1,193 British officers, 1,497 British NCOs and 30,658 Africans (33,348 total) in 22 battalions, including two made up of former German askaris, as noted above. KAR casualties in the First World War were 5,117 killed and wounded with another 3,039 dying from diseases. [Wiki]
  25. Bringing History to life...

    Lovely work, Larry. Thank you for sharing it with us.