peter monahan

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  1. Interesting shot. Do you suppose his right hand/arm are missing or injured? It looks to my old eyes as if his left hand does NOT have a glove on and the way he holds it is very off.
  2. Unlikely to win any design awards, IMHO, but I can see the need after 30 years. I'm surprised that many L1 coins are out of circulation, though, given their purchasing power. When Canada first introduced the 1 dollar coin, popularly known as the 'loony', for the bird on the back, many guys I knew started 'loony jars' to replace '25 cent piece jars' as a painless way to save 'spare change' for the hobby/beer/dog races or whatever. However, it quickly bevcame clear that one could easily wind up with a week's wages or more in the jar and it became in fact a measureable drain on one's finances rather than an unnoticeable trickle down.
  3. If the 'SUP' was 'SUB' or in error for 'SUB' it would be 'Subedar', a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer - we'd say 'warranrt officer' in the Imperial indian Army or modern Indian Army.
  4. I'm late to this party but my vague recollections, from an interest in German WWII armour many many years ago, is that second line divisions - which included, as Spasm says, the police divisions, would have been fairly unlikely to have gotten Tigers, which were always in very short supply. Just my tuppence worth, though. Interesting uniform.
  5. Original overseas unit 5th University Company. Joined the P.P.C.L.I. in the field June 9, 1916. Wounded September 15, 1916. Struck off strength September 23, 1916. Subsequently became a Lieutenant with the Royal Air Force. http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=79426 And you've probably go this by now, from C. War Graves. Lieutenant Date of Death: 27/06/1918 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and 102nd Sqdn. Royal Air Force Cemetery: PONT-REMY BRITISH CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Charles S. and J. Ernestine Reynolds, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Previously wounded Sept., 1916. So, born in Montreal, parents reident there, presumably working ? - 'Insurance' in NJ, then at school in Victoria - with the 5th University Comopany, which was one of the training companies at Cdn universities. He might be in the University of British Columbia Roll of Honour. Try this link: https://www.ubc.ca/ubc-remembers/student-soldiers-remembered.html
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. 49 minutes! You guys are incredible!
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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. ]
  15. Yes, please!
  16. " 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Mervyn was a true gentlemen. We had never met and corresponded only intermittently via this group, as we had a couple interests in common, but when I mentioned that my youngest was headed to SA for school he immediately offred to rpovide the names of friends in cape Town who would look in on her if need be and also said that, if she were in his area that he would be happy to house, feed and entertain her! I hope he has dogs and a garden wherever he is, to give him joy! Peter
  19. That's an interesting factoid! Presumably one doesn't send 'shoenails' hobnails or copper cobbler's nails - by post unless they have been requested. Seems an odd thing to need from home as opposed to from the QM.
  20. I know little about M1s, beyond the general knowledge one picks up, and I hold no brief for them but SoF has a good rep among the people I know, so I'd be satisfied that they think it is genuine and won't deliberately sell you a pup. That doesn't rule out mistake or mis-ID, but they seem to know there business, for what that's worth. I know people who buy WWI items from them and speak well of the company.
  21. As Tony says, the value is mostly determined by the ID of the original recipient. Indian Army and Air Force recipients and, I think, the South Africans had theirs named on issue. I had my father-in-laws privately named after I oersuaded him to apply for them in the 1980s. Otherwise, one is forced to rely on 'attribution' and provenence, and given the interest in and value of medals these days i personally would not consider buying a group to a 'famous' recipient without absolutley cast iron provenance. Someone on another forum not long ago admitted having been badly burned on a whole raft of RAF stuff including what was alleged to be a log book for the leader of the Dam Busters squadron, which a little research would have told him is in the NAM. People love to believe and attach stories to artifacts because, after all, the objest evokes the story but an unnamed medal is just that and the best one can say with certainty is that 'X thousand were issued but only Y hundred with this bar, so thsi is IF REAL quite a rare thing'. If it is genuine, and I have no opinion on one way or the other, you're lucky and I hope it brings you much pleasure! Peter