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  1. Just found the father John Roberts in the 1911 Census where he describes himself as a retired Major General of the Indian Staff Corps. Back to the research! Ok, so the father of John Henry Roberts (the artist) was John Roberts, who served in the HEIC, with the 40th Regt of Native Infantry. He was an Ensign in 1855 when he married his wife Mary ((in India), a Captain in 1859 when his daughter Alice was born (in India) and a full Colonel, on 19 Sep 1861, when his son John Henry was born (in India). He retired in 1883 as a Major General with the Indian Army Staff Corps and died in England on 1922. He was clearly with the 40th NI during the period of the Indian Mutiny...the 40th NI mutinied at Dinapore on 25 July. Marched to Arrah where they took part in the Siege of Arrah (27 July – 3 August 1857). An 8-day defence, of a fortified outbuilding, occupied by a combination of 18 civilians and 50 members of the Bengal Military Police Battalion, against 2,500 – 3,000 mutinying Bengal Native Infantry sepoys from three regiments and an estimated 8,000 men from irregular forces commanded by Kunwar Singh, the local zamindar or chieftain. (Wikipedia). Whilst all the above is a diversion from the cards, as a collector of medals, it is good to know that the artist of these cards came from a military family and one connected to an era I collect to. Owen
  2. That's really helpful, thank you for letting me know. To keep the military theme, I bought the 'Hercules' card, which I think is a tongue in cheek take on Army PT Instructors, then the Army Gymnastic Staff and now, of course, the Royal Army Physical Taining Corps. The 'weakling' is wearing the colours of the kit worn by Army PT Instructors and the crossed swords (albeit foils in the picture) is their emblem. Hercules The seller provides a bit more info on Roberts too, which is helpful. He was born in India and his father was a Major General in HM's Indian Army....can't be too hard to track down who his father was. thanks again, Owen
  3. This doesn't look like an imperial French eagle - hard to see the detail and looks as though the top of the shield is missing,so not sure if a single or double headed eagle. It also appears to have a cross in the centre. The shape of the body/wings, together with the cross, look like a Prussian/Austrian eagle. This is wild guesswork with no intimate knowledge, however, as a starter for 10, the Vienna crest has similar eagle with cross at the centre....might be worth investigating: Coat of arms of the Austrian federal state of Vienna Owen
  4. Thanks all, glad you like it! Yes, postcard sized...wish it was poster sized, but good things come in small packages my mum always said. Ahem, I had to look up gouache before buying it... What I would like to know is whether the design materialised into a postcard. I have googled it to death, but nada. Thanks, Owen
  5. I bought this a while ago, couldn't resist it. It's an original WW1 gouache artwork design (for a Post Card), signed by the artist J.H.R. (John H. Roberts), and with artists stamp on the reverse (J. H. Roberts, The Studio, 12 Grand Avenue, Hove, Sussex). In addition to the 'Red, White and Blue' ....I think that the iconic imagery of the British Lion, standing on ‘the green grass of home’ upon the White Cliffs of Dover, facing the enemy, under a flying Union Jack, really captures the sentiment of First World War British home front sentiment; a strong sense of patriotism, keeping morale up and our island nation sense of history and invincibility. Or, maybe I am being over sentimental! Anyway, thought I would share it... BTW, gouache is a type of water-soluble paint that, unlike watercolour, is opaque so the white of the paper surface does not show through. Owen
  6. John, Shout if you need need any help, I have membership of both Ancestry and FMP. Merry Christmas, owen
  7. John, You have a belter! Troop Serjeant Major in the Kings Dragoon Guards...wow! I concur with the BMF links on the Waterloo medal. There is also an open source online copy of the historical records of the First, or King's Regiment of Dragoon Guards here: https://archive.org/stream/cihm_48393#page/n21/mode/2up Not sure if you have paid memberships of Ancestry/Fold 3? If so, you will find his Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Pensioners' Discharge Documents here: Levitt pension records (WO 119 at The National Archives, Kew). If you have membership of Find My Past, there are also pension records for him on there. Enjoy the research journey, but please let us know how you get on. Owen Edited to add: a book you might find interesting is: The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon: The King’s Dragoon Guards at Waterloo (By, Richard Goldsbrough)
  8. Hello John, it really would help us give you advice on where to look if you provide the mans name and Regiment. Pictures of the naming would be very helpful. However, you might start with whether or not your man is on the Waterloo Medal roll. Like many, I have the roll and could tell you. If you want the fun of checking yourself and seeing a copy of the roll, then you should start with the Waterloo Medal Book at the National Achives online, Kew: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C2206965 Owen
  9. Pieter, thanks for taking the time to explain the citation - an extraordinarily personal insight to the man behind the medal. thanks for the note on document storage too. best wishes, Owen
  10. Hi Kerry, My pleasure. Let us know here what you find out on Reed and Ternan, I for one would be very interested. Regards, Owen
  11. Pieter, sadly my German is not nearly good enough to read the translation without lots of time and application, but I am truly speechless that you have the citation document. Thanks again for sharing...I have posted on your LoH documents too. For me, these documents are the collecting X factor. owen Pieter, just a P.S. to ask how you store/keep these fragile documents? thanks, owen
  12. Pieter, thanks for sharing these documents, fascinating to see them (first time I have seen original LoH 1st empire award paperwork). I agree that these early original documents are worthy of further research and display. I suspect not too many have survived or come to market (other than the Ste Helene, of which I have seen many examples...but then it was half a century later). Owen
  13. Hi Kerry, Reading the first page of the letter, i think your cadet was actually 'Augustus Henry Ternan'. I think if you google that name you will get results, but as a starter for ten...seems the boy did good!.....quite a career: General Augustus Henry Ternan - Bengal Staff Corps - died 23rd December 1893. 2nd Lt. 1839. Lt. Col. 1865. Major-General 1881. Served in Bundlecund 1842-3. Sutlej Campaign 1846 (medal); Punjab Campaign 1849 (medal, MID); Indian Mutiny 1857-8 (medal & clasp, MID). Good luck! Owen P.S. Memorial to Ternan
  14. Pieter, just found this post. Really fascinating to see this original award document, it's an absolute gem. Thanks for sharing it. As well as the medals, I collect original documentation related to the Napoleonic wars too - I just find them fascinating as they have more 'life' than the medal, if that makes sense. Would love to see an award document for other Napoleonic era awards, if anyone has one. I have seen one for the Dutch Silver Cross 1813 and I have one for the Ste Helene medal, so this makes three! Happy boy tonight. Kind regards, Owen
  15. Derek, Difficult to offer comment on a medal that is unseen, but my strong advice is don't clean it....at least until people have had a chance to comment on it. You can seriously devalue the medal as most collectors want the patination. My guess is that it's a Brunswick Waterloo medal, but post some pictures and then folk on the forum can offer advice. Owen