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  1. Yes, you're right. You'd think that with approximately five thousand awarded that there would be more groups out there. This is nice as it's hallmarked "a".
  2. A confirmed one clasp Defence of Kimberely QSA, with two clasp KSA and Kimberley Star named to 399 Pte. W. Weir, Kimberley Volunteer Regiment. There were 307 one clasp DOKs awarded to the regiment.
  3. Some new info on Whitaker... from a gentleman and scholar, Adrian. Morley Whitaker was born in London in 1872. He was 23 years old when he attested into the Cape Police (CP) on the 1 August 1895. He was a Clerk by Trade. He was a single man who had been in South Africa for over three years before joining the CP. His next of kin was William Whitaker who lived at 52 Luckett Road, London. He had previous service with the Hampshire Volunteers. He re-attested in August 1898. In August 1901, his regimental number changed to 111. By August 1905 he was a Sargent. He was still in the army in August 1907.
  4. An interesting Cape of Good Hope Medal with Bechuanaland clasp officially named to Pte. M. Whitaker, Cape Police who is also entitled to a QSA (with clasps) & KSA (with two clasps). If anyone knows of Whitaker's QSA & KSA pair, please contact me. 930 Pte. M Whitaker served with the Cape Police District 1 and received his Cape of Good Hope medal to him as a private, but his KSA as a corporal. He was captured and held as a PoW and later released on 6 June 1900 at Waterval. Waterval was a farm which gave its name to a railway station on the Pretoria-Piertersburg railway line in the South Africa. (Wonderboom District; Gautang), 20 km north of central Pretoria. There were around 3,000 British prisoners released on 6 June 1900 by a squadron of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) under the command of Captain F. S. Maude. The station became a base for British columns operating in the district. For more info on the Cape Police see: https://www.angloboerwar.com/unit-information/south-african-units/310-cape-mounted-police
  5. http://www.navalbrigade.nl/en/ He found the photo here. It's a Naval Brigade site and so unfortunately won't have photos of the Canadians.
  6. QSA with five clasps: CC, OFS, TRANS, SA1901, SA1902 named to: 4294 PTE L M GOLDIE. 1ST DGN GDS . He was taken PoW and later released on 23/5/1901 at Bankplaats. (WO 100/112 p. 79) Leslie Martin Goldie was born in 1879 in Dunoon, Arglyllshire, Scotland. He was the son of Edward Goldie who later lived on New Chesterfield Street in Marylebone, London. He married Margaret Maker at St. Calhoune in Dublin on 2/9/1908. He was a printer by trade and enlisted on 29 August 1898 in the 1st Dragoon Guards in London. He had previously served in the 1st Midd Royal Engineers Volunteers. He was 5'6" and weighed 121 lbs with a fresh complexion and brown hair and eyes. He had a scar on his right cheek and blue dots on his left forearm. He served at "home" from 29/8/98 to 15/1/01 when the regiment left for S. Africa. He served there from 15/1/01 until he returned home from 24/3/02 to 12/9/02 and then again in S. Africa from13/9/02 to 14/11/02. He returned to the UK and served until 28/6/06 when he transferred to the Army Reserve for the next two years. He had served a total of 12 years by then. When WWI broke out, he reenlisted in London, and was D/13943 Sergt. Leslie Martin Goldie in the 5th Dragoon Gurards. He died in France and Flanders on Wednesday, 31 October 1918, a mere 12 days before the armistice and is buried in St. Sever Extension Cemetery in Rouen, France plot K 16. Sadly Goldie's WWI medals are missing and if anyone knows their location, please contact me as I would like to reunite the group. South Africa The regiment sailed on the Maplemore on 8th January 1901, and arrived in Cape Colony about the end of that month, in time to take part in the pursuit of De Wet, but without allowing time for men and horses to get into the campaigning condition essential for so arduous a task. This disadvantage notwithstanding, the regiment was able to be of great service. In his despatch of 8th March 1901, para 9, Lord Kitchener refers to their "timely arrival", and says that the 1st King's Dragoon Guards, Prince of Wales's Light Horse, with G Battery RHA, brought from Pretoria, to be joined later by the 3rd Dragoon Guards, were formed into a brigade which was placed under Colonel Bethune,—evidently the brigade whose doings are graphically described by 'Intelligence Officer' in On the Heels of De Wet. After describing the exciting chase, Lord Kitchener says, "The close pursuit of the various columns had the effect of driving De Wet north to the Orange River, west of Hopetown, where, being hotly pressed by General Plumer, his 15-pounder gun and a pom-pom were captured by our mounted troops under Lieutenant Colonel Owen, 1st King's Dragoon Guards". De Wet eventually got across the river, but over 200 prisoners, all his guns, ammunition, and waggons fell into our hands. "He undoubtedly quitted Cape Colony with great loss of prestige". Colonel Bethune's force, strengthened by six squadrons Imperial Yeomanry, was then taken to the north-east of the Orange River Colony, and along with other columns operated there under General Elliot for the greater part of 1901. At the end of July General Elliot arranged his columns for a sweep west of the Kroonstad Railway, the 1st Dragoon Guards and two guns being put in a separate column under Colonel Owen. "On 2nd August near Graspan Captain Quicke, King's Dragoon Guards, of Colonel Owen's column, with two squadrons of his regiment, effected the capture of a laager of 65 waggons and 4000 cattle". The regiment was constantly hard at work until the end of the campaign. They came late on the scene, but made up for lost time, always doing well. Four officers and 1 non-commissioned officer who had been attached to other units were mentioned in Lord Roberts' despatches of 2nd April and 4th September 1901. Three officers gained mention in Lord Kitchener's despatches during the war, and in the final despatch 3 officers, 2 non-commissioned officers, and a private were mentioned. http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/1st-kings-dragoon-guards.html
  7. Here is one of the most desirable PoW medals for the Anglo-Boer War. It's a medal to a gunner who served with the 66th Battery, RFA at the battle of Colenso, which was Britain's third defeat during what became known as "Black Week" in December 1899. 84230 Gunner Patrick Murphy, 66th Bty. R.F.A. was born in Carlow. He was the son of Peter Murphy and his brother was John E. Murphy. He was a farm laborer. He married Amelia Wilson of Bristol, and they had three children: Louis William John (20.9.1895), Gladys Amy (29.7.97) and Lillian Audrey (2.6.1900). On 23 March 1891, he enlisted in the Royal Artillery, but his papers were signed on 27 March at Woolwich and state that he was 18 years old, which would mean he was born in 1883. He was 5'6" and weighed 137 lbs, and had grey eyes and brown hair. What makes me wonder about his birth date, which was not written on the duplicate papers, is that on 18 January 1892, he was awaiting trial for fraudulently enlisting while he was a serving soldier of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers - 3297 Pte. John Bolger. He was convicted and spent 42 days in prison from 18 February to 5 March 1892. Upon his release, he rejoined the RA and "transferred" to Gunner on 18 February 1899. Next on his papers is that he was recalled to the colors on 9 October 1899 and posted to the RA. He served in South AFrica from 23 October 1899 to 15 October 1900 (358 days) before going home. His total service at home was 11 years 339 days from 23 March 1891 to 22 October 1899 and then from 16 October 1900 to 17 February 1904. His sole injury was a broken right hand on 29 August 1898. He was awarded the QSA with: T, RL and OFS clasps (WO 100/142/p.141). He was serving with the 66th Bty. RFA in S. Africa when he was captured on 15 December, 1899 at the famous battle of Colenso where the 14th and 66th batteries took up a positions 700 yards from the south bank of the river and were immediately engaged by 1,000 Boer riflemen hidden on the north bank. In the ensuing battle, casualties mounted in both batteries and ammunition was low, which forced the men to retire with the wounded to a donga to the rear of their 12 guns. General Buller wanted his guns back and called for volunteers to rescue them. Capt. Schofield (ADC) and Cpl. Nurse RFA went with two limbers and managed to rescue two of the twelve guns. They were later awarded VCs for their bravery. (For an excellent account of the battle, read Darrel Hall's Halt! Action Front! with Colonel Long at Colenso printed by Covos-Day books, 1999). Murphy was later released at Waterval on 6 June 1900. The 66th suffered 4 KIA, 10 WIA - one of which died of wounds later and 24 PoWs according to the Army & Navy Gazette (p. 1217). For more information read: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_colenso.html http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol017cc.html https://www.britishbattles.com/great-boer-war/battle-of-colenso/ https://www.angloboerwar.com/books/40-conan-doyle-the-great-boer-war/960-conan-doyle-chapter-11-battle-of-colenso and watch
  8. A postwar sterling PoW commemorative medal or watch fob from Newport that I've never run across before. It's hallmarked but the stamps are illegible.
  9. Small Japanese Collection

    I've recently picked up some WWII badges. I don't know much about them, but they are very nicely made. If anyone can give any details on them, I'd appreciate it very much.
  10. A recent addition, which has been rather difficult to locate is a PoW to a New Zealander for WWII. Unlike WWI when there were just over 400 PoWs, in WWII there were over 8,000 "Kiwi" PoWs, which statistically was about one in 200 of New Zealand's citizens in uniform - fairly high to say the least. Most were captured in: Greece, on Crete and in North Africa. This interesting group is to a man who was wounded and subsequently captured during the epic battle on Crete. 35650 Pte. Reginald R. Wilson was a lorry driver before the war, and lived at 54 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai, Wellington. He enlisted in the infantry and listed his next of kin as his sister Mrs. F. Barrowman, C/O Stationmaster's House, Ashurst. He left New Zealand between 1 July 1940 and 31 March 1941. He went to either Sydney, Australia or Bombay, India and eventually went to N. Africa where he became entitled to the African Star. Later Australians and New Zealanders (Creforce) were sent to defend Crete, and Wilson took part in the heroic defense where he was shot in the left femur and in the right shoulder on 20 May 1941. He was originally reported as "presumed dead" in the paper. (see photo of Wilson with caption) He was admitted to hospital ten days later on 10 May 1941, and must have had a miserable and horrible time of it while waiting for substantial medical treatment. The 4/5 page medical records give his entire treatment and state that his left leg was amputated on 29 July 1941 while a PoW and at the 5th Australian General Hospital. Creforce surrendered on 1 June 1941 and 6,500 Commonwealth troops were captured of which 2,100 were New Zealanders. It was the largest number of New Zealanders captured in one battle during WWII. Wilson was eventually transferred to Stalag IXA in Zeigenhain, Germany. Most interestingly, there are two photos of Wilson convalescing in bed after his amputation. Wilson survived the war and was issued a Disabled Soldier's Permit on 8 February 1945 by the New Zealand Railways to travel first class until 31 January 1946. He was obviously proud of his service as he wore his medal group, which consisted of the: '39 Star, Africa Star, War Medal and New Zealand War Service Medal, which was issued to about 240,000 New Zealanders. Note there is also his cloth wound stripe stapled to the original paper. For more information on the Battle of Crete, see https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/the-battle-for-crete and in particular, https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/the-battle-for-crete/capitulation-capture The last photo is of the main street in Stalag IXA.
  11. Here is a rare medal that is sadly missing its companion BWM officially named to: 64847 Pte. Daniel James, NZEF, who served in E Co. 1st Bn. Cantebury Regt. and was one of only 414 New Zealand PoWs in WWI. Daniel James. was born on 1 October 1883 in Cardigan, South Wales to his father Daniel James and his mother Sarah James. They were C of E and apparently later lived with a friend Mr. J. Lovatt at 5 Tutanic Road, Grey Lynn, S. Wales but by 14 November 1918 they were no longer there. Daniel, the son, went to New Zealand where he was a coal miner for Thorpe Enginerring in Mangapai. He lived at the People's Palace in Auckland. He was 5'3.5" tall and weighed 140 lbs. He had brown hair and blue eyes with a fair complexion. He had a scar on his left arm and thumb and had suffered from typhoid when he was six years old. James enlisted and was paid five shillings when he was 33 years old on 6 September 1917. Company E embarked on the Managanui 96 on 21 November 1917. During the voyage he was transferred to Co. D. He disembarked in Liverpool on 8 January 1918. After a couple of months training, he embarked for France from Sling on 19/20 March 1918 and disembarked on the 24 of March at Etaples. James joined the Bn. on the 28th of March and was in the 1st Co. as of 12 April 1918. He was reported injured and with influenza on the 22 of April. On the 30th of September he was listed as missing, and later a PoW captured on that date. He arrived in Ripon, N. Yorkshire on the 9th of December 1918 and was admitted to No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital on 12 December 1918 with influenza. He was demobed on 15 April 1919 and officially discharged at his request in England on the 18th of April 1919 after serving a total of one year, 222 days. During his time in the forces, he had on one infraction against him when he lost his rations on 26 April 1918. He may have stayed on to see his parents. But later immigrated to Australia and stayed at 14 Oak Street, Garden Village, Gorseinon (sic), South Wales, near Newcastle N.S.W. By the 25th of July 1924 James had his BWM and Victory medals. Daniel James' file is: https://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=18052740&digital=yes The link for all the NZ WWI PoWs where James is listed is: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/ww1germanyprisonersofwar.html For more information on the regiment, please go to: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/infantry-units/canterbury-infantry-regiment
  12. A couple of new badges. The heart shaped day badge dates from WWI, while the Canadian Berks Ellis (Sterling and enamel) badge is WWII.
  13. Great additions! Great research and write ups! Thank you for sharing!
  14. A quite rare German made PoW badge for Doeberitz with original case. The badge is made of silver and has blue and white enamel. The badge was designed by Mr. Cecil A. Tooke, O.B.E. who was a PoW at Doebertiz. He drew this coat-of-arms for his fellow prisoners showing three cartridges, representing three prisoners who had been shot; a skilly bowl, lampooning he deplorable "soup"; a sailor tied a post, showing the favorite German punishment, and a crossed pick and shovel. The motto, "Always Merry and Bright" is beneath the arms. The Germans thought the arms and motto were a heart-felt tribute to the amenities of the camp and wanted to use them for propaganda, and the Camp Comandant, Colonel Alberti congratulated Tooke and asked him to repeat the design for mass circulation. Berlin jewelers used in on all kinds of trinkets; e.g., the badge, Eventually the German War Office realized it was a sarcastic badge from an article in an English newspaper and after severe reprimands, the badge and trinkets were withdrawn. Post war, Tooke went on to design the coat of arms for the Auxiliary Fire Service. Please note that the badge is impressed with the silver content of 935, which is oddly higher than the usual 925.
  15. A WWI photographic postcard of British PoWs beging trucked away by their German guards.