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peter monahan

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  1. Indian Regiment / Unit

    That is an odd one. Can't think of or find any unit whose initials are even close. Can you give us the full naming, please? The only thing that I can think of, and it's a wild guess is something like 'S... Security Detail', as I believe that the IA uses both paramilitary police and civilian security firms to guard some of their establishments. A puzzle. Peter
  2. Joel Ok, then! Now it's an 'M ?' cipher. To quote an old joke, I am better informed but none the wiser. No clue. Such a lovely piece, though, that were it mine I'd keep it just for the aesthetic value even if none of the learned gents here or elsewhere can offer a postivie ID.
  3. British Victory Medals

    He does not appear to be listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, so presumably he survived the War.
  4. 4th Indian division

    The Indian Kite, a raptor native to the Indian sub-continet, was invariably referred to as a 'shite-hawk' by the Tommies. They are somewhat predatory but also scavenge - a bit like many gulls - and there are stories of them literally taking food off the plates of incautious soldiers being fed in the field.
  5. The tanker masks are now being made by several companies - an educational group I work with just bought one for our displays. That might explain the variety, as I don't think most of the repros are being made as exact copies, either deliberately different to distinguish them from the originals or because the makers, and buyers like us, just don't care enouygh to get them exact. I have now expertise on telling good from bad but would guess that most offered for sale are NOT original.
  6. Please Help To identify Medal

    Well spotted, Owain!
  7. The hooks suggest a shoulder belt plate, rather than a waist belt, but that would seem to have the cipher - 'E L'? - turned on its side. I wonder if it is for a band/piper. Also, I would have expected a belt plate to be stamped or moulded - late 18th/early 19th century - rather than having the cipher added as this one is, which strikes me as Victorian. But I may be totally out to lunch! Very curious but clearly quality work.
  8. 4th Indian division

    Rohan What a shame! Many, perhaps most of the veterans, particularly those who saw a .ot of action, were very close-mouthed about their experiences. The trauma often lasted years and most were not eager to talk about it. I am assuming that your father's medlas were named,as was practice in the Indian Army, so perhaps there is some slight chance of your recovering them at some point. Welcome to the GMIC! Peter
  9. It is a fairly crude copy of a real VC. A number of companies have made copies of varying quality overb the lastr several decades but this is not one of the better ones. In addition, someone has added the wrong ribbon - I think - with a French style pin for ataching it to a tunic. Very odd. The real ribbon is a deeper purple/red than this red ribbon, unless this is just a very off colour photo.
  10. Display Eagles

    Lovely work, as usual. Always a pleasure to see the results of true talent on display.
  11. I don't use the Gazette often but have had very mixed results including, I'm fairly sure, having done identical searches more than once and gotten different results - the classic definition of insanity! Not the best search engine out there! Try last name and initials, last name only, and so on, after checking to be sure how the ISM citations are typically recorded. I would assume last name, followed by first name or initials, but check that. And good luck
  12. Hespeler Ontario is now part of the Municipality of Cambridge, Ontario, west of Toronto, Ontario. 48% of the CEF were British born and many arrived here in the decae or so before the war as adults. Two soldiers with adjacent serial numbers, both casualties - 602347 and 602348 - were part of 1st Machine Gun Company, which was a compnoenet of the 1st Cdn Division. This gent apparently survived the war but if you wish to search the records at Library and Archives Canada you may be able to find when and where he died, as they did keep such records but they are not complete, depending as they did on others to send in information of vetereans' deaths. Info on the CMG: http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/corpsbranches/machineguncorps.htm
  13. The Legion of Frontiersmen

    Ah! Yes, the human memory - not nearly infallible, as any police officer or lawyer will tell you.
  14. All I can say is that I know, or think I know, that the Aussies did name theirs. But perhaps better to save your silver until you can confirm this one or one like it. Sorry that's not more help.
  15. The Legion of Frontiersmen

    Jef I'm not nearly old enough to have been in Flanders and yet I have very firm memories of 'seeing' things in my younger days which my rational mind tell me did not occur. I can very easily imagine a WWI vet who did see Canadian mounted troops in Stetsons remembering that as having happened in Nov/Dec '18 in SW Flanders when in fact it happened, but not then or not there. My two cents worth on 'memoirs'! My own memoirs will be highly entertaining and parts of them will be very accurate too. However, the accurate parts may not be entertaining and th entertaining parts may not be accurate, to paraphrase an old professor of mine. Peter
  16. WWI French Couvreux folding knives

    I suspect, based on only a little general knowledge, that these were perfectly ordinary French pocket knives, though presumably manufactured for issue to troops, and that a) searching for 'French knives, 1910' would turn up numerous examples and b) the 'Corsican' thing is a marketing scam, liek every other odd item which immediately gets attributed to 'elite' troops or, in a later war, the 'SOE'. But that's just my general cynicism regarding the state of the market in our hobby these days.
  17. Nice to know there are dealers out there with that honest a return policy! I hope he at least had the satisfaction of thumping whoever sold it to him.
  18. Laurentis, I understand your feelings, but you can't be held responsible for the greed and short-sightedness of another!
  19. Lots of examples of Aussie Burma Stars on-line, but so far I haven't found a reverese shot. The Indians used a small, all caps, system. It's often described as 'engraved' but was in fact stamped/'impressed', if that is any help at all. Noteable in the Indian case for uneven lines and some very imaginaive spellings and abbreviations, as those doing the work may have had an indifferent command of English.
  20. The Legion of Frontiersmen

    Jef, I can't comment on exactly where the Cdns were, though I certainly believe you when you say that south-west Flanders was a 'Canadian-free zone'. The Kiwis wore a 'lemon squeezer' style Stetson hat too, but I have no idea whether or not their mounted units were re-mounted. As I say, the Cdn Light Horse got their horses back for teh 100 days and served as a cavalry screen for the Cdn divisions, doing some good service in that taditional mounted role. My [very limited] knwledge of the CEf isn't up to saying exactly where they were. Pity the memit wasn't more detailed. It may remain a mystery. Peter
  21. The survival of such items - busbys, bearskins, and so on - is frequently because regiments continued/continue to outfit musicians and/or colour parties in 'historic uniform' long after it has been superceded as general issue. That might also explain the damage - a QM salvaging a plume holder to repair another similar pice in better condition than this one.
  22. Military Mounted Police makes sense. At least two UK dealers list Egypt Medals with similar namings - 'Mil Mtd Police' and Gordon's book says there were 59 Tel-el-Kebir bars issued to 'Military Police'. So, quite a nice find. Here is some info. on the Corps: From the formation of the Military Mounted Police in 1855, the military Mounted Police grew in number as well as in the scope of duties. In 1877, the Military Mounted Police became a permanent corps of the British Army. 1887 saw the establishment of the Military Mounted Police (MMP) for service at home and abroad, and in 1882 during the Egyptian War the Military Foot Police (MFP), manned by selected cavalry non-commissioned officers with experience as regimental police, was raised for service in Egypt… [In the MFP the recruit] had to be of good character and have at least one good conduct badge and have 4 years' service. There were no privates in the corps, each man transferred being raised to the rank of corporal." One might assume similar requirements for the MMP. http://home.mweb.co.za/re/redcap/rmp.htm#mmp
  23. The Legion of Frontiersmen

    The Canadian Cavalry Brigade served in their mounted role throughtout the 100 Days offensive. Not sure where they ended up after the Armstice. Here's a link to a fairly detailed examination of their role, including during 1918: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
  24. The Legion of Frontiersmen

    Yes, the famous 'Stetson', now mainly associated with the Royal Canadian Mouned Police, were issued to mounted units of the Canadian militia/army first for the Boer war and then, briefly at least, for WWI. They were also, of course, standard wear, in various configurations, by cowboys. I believe the 'Mountie' and Cdn Horse configuration - with 4 equal sized indentations in the sides - was sometimes called 'Montana' style.