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  1. The EK 1914 group I want to see ....

    Thank you very much for reviving this thread! I have actually been in both Maidugari, where Maigumeri was from, and kaduna, where he retired. Don't know about the Iron Cross, but to comment on another bit of the thread - posts 9-13. He was almost certailny 'BSM' of the 3rd Battalion in 1928 because there would have been one RSM - of the whole regiment - whicj latter rank he achieved at a later date
  2. Pre-WW1: Saumur - Officiers Etrangers

    It is my undersatanding that British and the occasional American officer attended Samur as students. How they were chosen I have no idea.
  3. A Flintlock

    They do indeed! I too would love to see photos, Bifter.
  4. RMS Republic gold coins

    "There are many rumours..." My favourite weasel words: 'It is alleged that... ' and 'There is a theory that...' both of which mean, either a world expert has done research and thinks that... or a guy in a pub says that... That, BTW, is a reference to BigJar's quote from Wiki, not to Etoile Blanche's cliam that there are 45 tons of double eagles down there. Here, BTW, is Wiki's synopsis of the actual dives on the Republic "The 1987 salvage effort was successful in targeting and excavating their target area, but failed to locate the gold, however. The crew excavated the target area but ended up in the ship’s wine locker, finding hundreds of pre-1900 bottles of wine and champagne.[11] Once they realized they were in the wine locker rather than the specie room, Capt. Bayerle flew to London and appeared on ITV and BBC radio, offering a £25,000 reward for the construction plans of the Republic.[12] No one came forth with the plans to the ship, however, and the salvage was terminated for lack of funds. Despite many years of research and effort, the plans to the ship still have never been found."
  5. So, Medal of the National Guard, for the 1st District. Would the three classes have been awarded for length of service, if the National Guard were a reserve/militia type organization?
  6. Having just done a small book on men from my area who died in the Great War, I applaud your efforts and interest! I'm in Alliston and a former Torontonian, so I even know where your museum is! I'm sorry to hear Dave's prognosis.
  7. Help with binoculars

    I'd suggest you contact/visit a good optics shop - some place which sells telescopes, bicoulars and so on. They can likely measure the exact dimensions - diameter and thread pitch - of what you need and provide you with either the eyepieces or a place to order them. However, I agree with Bayern that it may be tricky, as parts for old optics are not that common.
  8. 'B.C,' - 'before children' - I had a small medal collection, composed almost entirely of IGS medals to the Indian cavalry. I still regret having disposed of them. At the time they were dirt cheap, as they were deemed 'unresearchable' by most dealers and collectors, and I was lucky enough to pick up some very nice bars to units with interesting service. Never got as far as going for one example of each bar, though that would be a long-time labour of love. Thank you for sharing!
  9. It is my vague recollection that at some point in the last several decades the British authorities quietly sold off unnamed speciemns of a number of medals, as surplus to requirements. Whether that would have included DCMs I couldn't say and, as indicated elsewhere - see the 'Cafard' post - my memory is superb but very short! Another possible explanation?
  10. Sword Identification help please

    Derek You're not giving us much to go on! I'd guess, and it's definitely a guess, that it's NOT British but probably cavalry with a hilt like that and, I think, a curved blade. A shot of the whole sword and, more importantly, any stamps - letters, numbers, symbols - on the blade or hilt would help a lot in identifying it. A wooden hilt is unusual, I think, but it may have been covered in leather originally too, so that may not help. Sorry I can't say more. perhaps one of our blade experts can chip in here? Peter
  11. I had difficulty finding anything other than the Wikipedia article you mention, from which the relevant phrase is: "used to manufacture a limited number of the Southern Africa Medal, including the specimen medal depicted." [emphasis added] I would interpret that as meaning that the alloy used for the first batch of medals 'including the specimen medal depicted' contained copper from the Russian tank(s) but that subsequent batches did not. How one would tell whether or not a given medal was par tof that lot I don't know, bar the obvious: most of the first ones issued would have been that lot. Even then, if that was a one-off proces, as the article suggests, then it may well be that the medals from that batch were given to officers or help back for 'special awards'. An intriguing puzzle!
  12. 'Second to none.' But we're not bitter about it. Oh, no!
  13. The "Cafard", Suicide in the Legion, 1916

    I sit corrected. [I'd stand, but its' so tiring!] Going on my increasingly shaky memroy, Chris, rather than an evidence. Should have known you'd know better! Cheers.
  14. Help with binoculars

    In English we'd call them the 'eyepieces', which is actually not nearly as an exact description as 'ocular ring', the direct translation!
  15. The "Cafard", Suicide in the Legion, 1916

    I get it, Zob! Wren was my first introduction to the Legion as well. And he actually served with the LE, back in the '20s when that was [briefly] a fashionable thing to do!

  17. The "Cafard", Suicide in the Legion, 1916

    Just looking at the photo of the Legionnaires sitting around their barracks was enough to make my depression worse! Can't imagine living like that for any length of time - when fighting the Toureg begins to look like a good thing!

    Unfortunately it is not simple to research a veteran from WWII. here is the e-dress of the National Archives, but apparently one needs to know from which state the veteran came to make much progress. Good luck. https://www.archives.gov/research/military/veterans/online.html
  19. The men of "V" Force......

    Yes, Harry does good work in his research and writing!
  20. My only comment is somewhat negative: all of the editions of Gordon are deficient in their listing of Indian units present at various battles/on various campaigns. A friend, co-founder of the Indian Military History Society at one point generated a list of at least some of the ommissions, but that was several decades ago now and I have no idea whether or not it still exists. If you have information from other sources that the 28th Bombay were at Kandahar, I'd go with that! Peter
  21. Could that be French Badge

    I agree with Tony: Pakistani. that star and crescent moon is used by a number of Pakistani police and par-military units, I believe, of which there seem to be many, Frontier Police, tribal police units, and so on. The '1916' is probably a key - likely one of the units raised by the British, on the NW Frontier, during WWI initially.
  22. Ernest Thompson 17913 1st Bt. Royal Dubs

    Simon, thanks for taking the time to provide such a complete answer for Rachel! One of the reasaons, I think, why some of us deserve the 'Gentlemen' moniker.
  23. Nice. All pretty common Cdn badges, thought the Forestry Corps is a little unusual. It's where we parked the lumberjacks and underaged and overaged recruits during the Great War! A shoemanker from a local town, adult immigrant from the UK, served with them in the UK before dying of a heart attack in 1917 and at least one underage recruit, also on the local memorial in my town, was sent to them first.
  24. Captain Harry Cator Victoria Cross

    Just this week I saw a photo of Lord A at the grave of one the RAMC double VCs, holding the cross and bar. Very cool and nice to see that His Lordship comes out for events like the commemoration of Passchaendale.
  25. indian rank on medal

    That makes even more sense. Well spotted, sir!