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  1. That's a new one to me...... I had a similar knife only different colours...... I used in when I was in the bush...... M.
  2. This is a Private Purchase non-military knife...... It may have been used but was not issued....... M.
  3. CVO C62

    Looks like the ring may have been re-soldered........ Enamel looks OK to me from your pictures...... Sorry do not do valuations on open forum...... Mike
  4. The 2 I/C of the unit was Sam Steele of the Strathcona's and North West Mounted Police fame and initially the SAC was supposed to be a replay of the NWMP but it did not turn out that way..... Mike
  5. Hi Tony...... Thanks fir the kind comments about the display...... Yes I saw the Driscoll Scouts on ebay will keep my eyes on it...... Mike
  6. SURVIVABILITY OF MEDALS TO CANADIAN SCOUTS GOOD EVENING GENTLEMEN...... I Have decided to take on the project of compiling a list of all the existing Queen's South Africa Medals either in singles or in groups named to..... THE CANADIAN SCOUTS I would ask the assistance of all members of the forum if they can provide me with the following information..... 1. Name, Rank and Regimental Number (Note: Some medals were issued without a Number). 2. Style of Name Unitt: CAN. SCOUTS, CANAD'N SCOUTS, CANADIAN SCOUTS 3. Bars on the medal. 4. If part of a Group the other medals in the group. 5. Country of Location. I do not want any personal information just Country. All information will be kept confidential and I may possibly be able to pass on some information to you...... Thank you in advance for any assistance that you can provide..... Mike
  7. Hi Tony...... Yes quite busy..... Spend at least an hour or two every day on the collection..... Have been getting ready for a Gun and Militaria show this week end and making a display for a strictly military show in October...... Mike
  8. Good Morning Tony...... Yes found a couple in the QSA auction at City Coins last week....... Mike P.S. did you get the pm from last night?????
  9. I have posted this in another form and have been asked to post it here for your information and fun..... Good Evening Gentlemen...... Just got this frame back from a local museum that I had loaded it to for one of their display's...... I broke the Plexiglas that I had in the frame and this is the first time that I have had a chance to get some photo's without the glare...... Thought I would share..... Mike
  11. I am sorry to tell you but this is a re-named medal....... You can see the marks under the naming where the original naming has been removed...... Mike
  12. Good Evening Everyone...... I have been able to find a photo of Major Lynn from another forum that I thought you might like to see...... Mike
  13. Good Afternoon Everyone...... I have not posted anything in a while so I thought that I would post this as one of my latest additions........ Will post some pictures and the write up that came with the medals, more to follow as I dig into this fantastic man..... Mike MAJOR EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN Distinguished Service Order GV, Military Cross GV, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeburg, Driefontein, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf to Major Edison Franklin Lynn Canadian Engineers late Royal Canadian Regiment. Lynn was born in Sidney Township, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada a Civil Engineer by profession, his diary for the Boer War 1899 to 1901 (103 pages) was published by Belleville, Ontario shortly after the War. Awarded the Military Cross for the defence of Gravenstafel Ridge Ypres 22nd to 23rd April 1915 and the DSO for the attack on Hill 70 on 15th August 1917, he was also twice Mentioned in Despatches. His personal diary and papers covering his service on the Western Front 1916 to 1919 are deposited in the Imperial War Museum Archives, he died in Hampstead, London in 1960. Distinguished Service Order GV - Major E F Lynn Hill 70 August 15th, 1917 Military Cross GV - Major E F Lynn Ypres April 1915 Q.S.A. - 7509 Pte F Lynn Rl Candn Regt - Cape Colony, Paardeburg, Driefontein 1914/15 Star - Lieut E F Lynn Can Eng British War & Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf - Major E F Lynn Edison Franklin Lynn was born 17th June 1881 in Sidney Township, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada a Civil Engineer he served in the Boer War and published his diary (130 pages). He enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec 24th September 1914. Lynn is mentioned in ‘Shoestring Soldiers’ the 1st Canadian Division at War as taking part in the defence of Gravenstafel Ridge 22nd to 23rd April 1915, awarded the Military Cross London Gazette 14th January 1916. No published citation but an award for Ypres April, 1915. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 1st January 1916 (FM Sir John French) and London Gazette 28th December 1917 (FM Sir Douglas Haig). Toronto Star – 10 February 1916: WINNER OF MC IS MODEST - Lieut. Lynn, M.C., Praises Sappers Instead of Self “I did appreciate the cable of congratulations from the Hydro on my ‘Mention in Despatches’ of F.M. Sir John French, and my being awarded the Military Cross,” writes Lieut. E. Frank Lynn to Major W. W. Pope, secretary of the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission. All came as a real surprise, and when I wear my new decoration I will wear it for my sappers, for to them all honor is due. At all times, under most trying circumstances, they have been keen and steadfast, ready for anything in any place. The country is mostly flat, and when it is flat, it is very flat indeed. We have tried many new ways of getting rid of the water, but making it run down into the enemy trenches gives us most enjoyment. The enemy came out one night and dammed our big ditch which took care of the water from four square miles. This backed the water up in our trenches. Then with a party of fifty men with shovels, we made the ditch deeper between the dam and the enemy’s front line. We were protected by men with bombs. When all the men were in we set guncotton in the dam and fired it. The rush of water was music to our ears. Fritz had wet trenches and much pumping for days after”. Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 1st January 1918. No published citation but an award for Hill 70 15th August 1917. The attack on Hill 70 Haig ordered Sir Arthur Currie, who in June had been placed in command of the Canadian Corps, to launch a frontal assault on the city of Lens. Instead of attacking the heavily fortified city directly, Currie, after studying the ground, convinced his British superiors that a better plan would be to capture Hill 70, directly to the north. If this dominating hill could be taken, the Germans would have no choice but to counterattack. Currie planned for artillery and machine-guns to smash these German concentrations, thereby weakening their hold on the entire sector. The Canadians attacked on 15 August and captured many of their objectives, including the high ground. They then held their positions against 21 determined German counterattacks over the next four days. Canadian probing attacks against Lens on 21 and 23 August were unsuccessful, but Currie’s forces had inflicted severe casualties on the enemy and gained the high ground overlooking the city. The Canadians lost more than 9,000 soldiers at Hill 70, but killed or wounded an estimated 25,000 Germans. Currie proved an able and innovative commander. His Canadian Corps would soon move north to help Haig and his faltering Passchendaele campaign. Major Lynn’s Diaries and private papers are held by the Imperial War Museum Diaries containing miscellaneous entries for 1916 – 1918 (376pp, 377pp and 380pp including addenda), together with five notebooks (196pp, 147pp, 151pp, 151pp and 113pp) containing additional, mostly more detailed, ms descriptions, for the periods 1 April – 30 August 1917, 15 September – 31 December 1917 and 11 January – 31 December 1918, written during his service on the Western Front with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, initially as a junior officer in the 1st Field Company Royal Engineers, 1st Canadian Division (March – November 1916), as an Assistant Field Engineer on Corps duties (November 1916 – February 1917), in the 2nd Field Company RE (January – March 1916 and, as commanding officer, February 1917 – May 1918) and in the 2nd Battalion Canadian Engineers (as second in command, May – December 1918) covering the Battles of Second Ypres (April – May 1915 see Vol 2 pp75 – 91 for vivid reminiscences), Mont Sorrel (June 1916), Flers Courcelette (September 1916 including brief references to tanks), Arras (April – May 1917), Third Ypres (October – November 1917), Amiens (August 1918) and the Canal du Nord (September 1918) and his Battalion’s subsequent progress through Belgium after the Armistice as well as service in Cologne as part of the Army of Occupation.
  14. Hi Tony....... Thanks for the kind comments..... I am down to 2 Cavalry and 2 Naval that I am really looking for...... Mike
  15. If his medal is named 694. TPR JAS. H. Galt S. A. COSTBY, then I am afraid that this medal was not officially awarded to him..... They never used first names (JAS.) and the unit name was always S.A.C. not S.A. COSTBY..... I have a number of medals issued to men from the founding of the unit right up until the end of the Boer War and they are all named S.A.C., including one where the man did not get his medal till 1910 ..... If he had resigned from the Ayrshire Police to join the SAC in 1906 the war had been over for 4 years and the SAC folded in 1908..... A clue to look at is since you have the Ayrshire Police records, when did he join them????? The medal on its edge should have all of the information Impressed and not engraved, is there a chance to see a photo of the edge..... Can you get hold of Census information that may also give you a clue..... Oh yes using that number I also again checked FMP nothing there, maybe if you have Ancestry there may be something there...... Sorry he may have served at the end of the SAC period but from the information that you have provided it seems that he may have given himself the medal...... Mike
  16. I thought that you may be able to see it as a guest but there are a number of threads, questions and answers with regards to the 1897 Police Medals and Bars..... Mike
  17. Hello PistolPat......... First welcome to the forum....... 1. Can you please provide what is written on the edge of the medal, Number - Rank - Name - Unit, It will help in tracking...... 2. I have checked the roll of The Canadians in the South African Constabulary and there is no listing...... 3. I have checked Fink my Past and also there is no listing but that does not mean anything...... 4. The South African Constabulary was disbanded on June 2nd 1908 so therefore he would or should not be wearing uniform in 1913..... He may have enlisted in England for service in South Africa..... Some of these records are available at Kew and some in South Africa..... Researcher in (Audrey Portman) SA I suggest is: rhinoresearch@icon.co.za Mike
  18. Take a look at these threads in British Medals Forum...... http://www.britishmedalforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=100189&hilit=1911 and There are a number of threads on the 1897 medal as well..... Mike
  19. George VI's star

    Looks perfectly good to me...... Official name: The 1939-1945 Star...... Now all you have to do is get the other 8 stars to make a complete set....... 1939-45 Atlantic Arctic (a new one) Air Crew Europe Africa Pacific Burma Italy France and Germany Take a look here: http://www.rogersstudy.co.uk/medals/ww2_stars/stars.html Mike
  20. Hi Tony...... I specifically collect and do research on British Medals for the Boer War and Natal Rebellion along with their badges, uniforms and regimental histories...... Have been collecting in that field for nearly 50 years now...... Specializing in Canadian Units and the Canadian Scouts....... Mike
  21. Hi Tony...... I am not a helmet expert as they did not have them during the Boer War but I suggest you look at this...... http://thebrodiehelmet.weebly.com/military---canada.html Mike
  22. Hi Farkas....... You have to be careful with these early helmets as some of them have found that the padding on the top it is made out of Asbestos...... Otherwise it is a very good helmet.... Mike
  23. Arcweld...... It is nothing to do with the MM of the 1914 Star (officially there is no such thing as Mons Star)...... Looks like something he put on the ribbon so he could hang it from a watch chain or something like that..... Mike
  24. Hi Caz..... Nice start to a collection of QSA's....... If you are really interested in the Boer War I suggest you have a look at this forum..... https://www.angloboerwar.com/ Mike