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  1. For once I have identified an item myself...I must be improving! However, if anyone has any idea of age of this item, I'd appreciate any pointers. Also, is it rare, and what sort of value might it have? Thank you. Alex
  2. Hi All Probably a tricky one this, to say the least, but my great, great, great uncle won a Gold Cross at Waterloo, and as far as we know, we do not have it in the family anymore. It was most likely sold in the 19th Century, by his son, who came into financial difficulties. My ancestor's name was George Drummond Graeme, and during the Battle of Waterloo he was in the Kings German Legion. To quote from my great great aunt: "By this time he was wearing a medal and three clasps and the gold cross for Waterloo (1816)." So, if anyone has any idea at all as to how we might track it's whereabouts down, I'd appreciate it very much! Thanks Alex
  3. Hello all The original post is quite old now, but I wonder if anyone can help a bit more with this, not in terms of my original question, but in identifying the medals that my ancestor is wearing in this portrait of him. Obviously one of the medals is the Waterloo medal - any further help greatly appreciated! And why would he have his hand tucked into his jacket like that? Many thanks Alex
  4. I have this illustration, and hope someone can help me identify which regiment the soldier belonged to, as well as what period it is from, and what rank he may have been. Please also see this topic - My link - it seems likely that I have the badge worn under his neck as well! Thank you Alex
  5. Help with ID'ing this soldier's regiment please

    Goodness, then I guess I was just really lucky! To know his name and a bit about him is just terrific. Thanks once again. Alex
  6. Help with ID'ing this soldier's regiment please

    Wow, Voltigeur, that is amazing, thank you! I never thought that someone would be able to come up with a definite name for this man. Please can you tell me more about how you can be so sure of who he is? I'm fascinated! Do you have any further info about him? We'll probably never know why our family has this image of him and his badge, but knowing his name is just amazing - I'm sure I'm not the only one that reads this post that will think this! Many thanks Alex
  7. I'm not quite sure when these photos were taken as they are not dated, but they are taken by my great uncle, so must have been whilst he (and my grandfather) were taking part in the 'Crete disturbances in Malta' before the Boer War. They are a mixed bunch, but some of them are hopefully of interest. The album is just under 6" wide, and the photos are 3" wide. Please ask if you would like close ups of any of the photos, and please feel very free to offer any insights into this particular episode, as I know nothing about it, and please make any comments about the photos as you please! Thanks Alex Inside cover...
  8. Hello All I've been having a sort through some more of my family's military stuff (for want of a better word!), and in doing so put all the buttons out on a table, amazing myself with just how many there are, and how many different ones there are too! They obviously prized these buttons as in some cases we have 20 or so of the same one! Anyway, rather than locking them back away for another hundred years, I thought I'd share them on here, and hopefully can get some help with IDing and dating the ones I'm not sure about as I'm keen to try and link them to people. Many thanks Alex #1 – ID help please and age. Maker is Jennings & Co, London. then #2 – ID help please and age. Maker is Smith & Wright, Birmingham.
  9. I like the idea of the blog, but I just won't be able to fit it in - I'm already struggling! Once I've got more stuff together I will do some more of the individual profiles in the "The Recipients Story" section that Nick set up at my suggestion. That works for me, and hopefully works for those that read it! Cheers Alex
  10. The Gurkha button is a mystery and will remain that way, I'm sure. As for more trunks...haha! I've done an awful lot of that in the last year - ie sorting through boxes and suitcases creating an archive so that each family member has an archival number, and then I have put any photos/documents/letters/etc into individual acid free boxes for me to then go through for the rest of my life getting things into better order still! Eventually I want to create an online museum, but whilst I have started it, I am nowhere near finishing it! The militaria (ie buttons, medals, badges) is still being sorted through, and I want to store it in a more preservation friendly way than it has been. Are you saying you'd like to see pictures of the characters I refer to in this post Mervyn? Happy to do so, but not quite sure if that is what you're asking! Alex
  11. Thank you Graham. That helps - this button probably belonged to my great, great, great uncle who was in the navy in the early to mid 1800s - nice one! Still puzzled by this, but then some mysteries aren't meant to be solved! Thanks for you help Graham.
  12. #13 – I’m not sure about this small button at all, except that I guess it is a Gurkha button? Any ideas? and finally #14 – Seaforth Highlanders – again, my great uncle’s button, who was killed in WW1 (see my Avatar!)
  13. #11 – Scottish Horse 1900 – this belonged to my great uncle who took part in the Boer War and was gazetted as Adjutant to the Scottish Horse in 1903. and #12 – Bengal Fusiliers – I’m a bit confused by this little one. Possibly it belonged to my Great Grandfather (see photo #3)
  14. #9 – The Kings Own Light Infantry – belonged to another cousin, who served in the campaign on the North-West frontier of India (Ambela) in 1863, the Jowaki-Afridi expedition in 1877, and the Afghan War in 1878-9. and #10 – ID help please. Possibly Civil Defence, but when from?
  15. #7 – Same regiment as in #6, but a smaller, older looking button with a different design. and... #8 – The Royal Regt – belonged to Captain Edward Sharp – see http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/41432-capt-sharps-crimea-medals-x-2-plus-one-i-dont-know/page__hl__sharp__fromsearch__1
  16. #5 – ID help please. Maker is Jennings & Co, London. Maybe it is just a general military button? then... #6 – The 6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment – my Cousin’s grandfather’s button – see http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/40988-captain-robert-graeme-born-04-12-1839-dcd-14-05-1910/
  17. #3 - Royal Dublin Fusiliers – possibly worn by my Great Grandfather, who was in the Royal Madras Fusiliers, although he retired in 1875 before the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were formed. then #4 – The Royal Welsh Fusiliers – worn by my late Cousin’s father – see http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/40891-captain-dudley-davies-lambert/
  18. Just thought I'd share this amusing lithograph. The artist is Braud and I guess it was painted around the mid 1800s. I know nothing else about it, so if anyone can identify the regiment, that would be interesting. Thanks Alex
  19. French Officer takes a hit in a sensitive area!

    Thank you Simon...maybe one of the mods could move this to the Kingdom of Belgium forum?!!
  20. Napoleonic Art

    Just one to add of the Battle of Waterloo - the Duke of Wellington ordering the last Grand Charge...
  21. Hi - a bit of help needed here please with dating this old photo! On the back it says, in pencil, "Peshawar Mountain Battery in action, Kuram Valley, N. W. frontier India". I know my grandfather's cousin served with the 51st Light Infantry in the campaign on the N. W. frontier of India (Ambela) in 1863, so maybe it is from then? Perhaps someone with knowledge that I haven't got (!) could help. Whenever it is from, mind you, I still like it! I've also done a few close-ups in case that helps.
  22. I've come across another photo album of my Grandfather's, made up of photos he took when serving with the Seaforth Highlanders during their time in Crete in 1897 as part of an international peacekeeping force. There were two companies of the Seaforths based in Candia (now modern day Heraklion), as well as one battalion of the Welsh-Fusiliers and six mountain guns artillery. There were also two companies of the Seaforths based in Canea. Other countries making up this peacekeeping force were from Austria and Hungary, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. The photos are of mixed quality, and I have tried to improve them were possible. I am happy to do close ups for anyone if required. The descriptions are exactly as they are in the album, written in my grandfather's hand. Enjoy!
  23. Old photo of Peshawar Mountain Battery in action

    Thanks in advance of any help!
  24. Old photo of Peshawar Mountain Battery in action

    Notice the man in striped jacket in this close up!
  25. Hi - a bit of help needed here please with dating this old photo! On the back it says, in pencil, "Peshawar Mountain Battery in action, Kuram Valley, N. W. frontier India". I know my grandfather's cousin served with the 51st Light Infantry in the campaign on the N. W. frontier of India (Ambela) in 1863, so maybe it is from then? Perhaps someone with knowledge that I haven't got (!) could help. Whenever it is from, mind you, I still like it! I've also done a few close-ups in case that helps.
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