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    James Ensor...Artist Ensor's father, James Frederic Ensor, born in Brussels of English parents,[1] was a cultivated man who studied engineering in England and Germany.[2] Ensor's mother, Maria Catherina Haegheman, was Belgian. Ensor himself lacked interest in academic study and left school at the age of fifteen to begin his artistic training with two local painters. From 1877 to 1880, he attended the Académie Royale des Beaux-Artsin Brussels, where one of his fellow students was Fernand Khnopff. Ensor first exhibited his work in 1881. From 1880 until 1917, he had his studio in the attic of his parents' house. His travels were very few: three brief trips to France and two to the Netherlands in the 1880s,[3] and a four-day trip to London in 1892.[4] During the late 19th century much of his work was rejected as scandalous, particularly his painting Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889(1888–89), but his paintings continued to be exhibited, and he gradually won acceptance and acclaim. In 1895 his painting The Lamp Boy (1880) was acquired by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, and he had his first solo exhibition in Brussels.[5] By 1920 he was the subject of major exhibitions; in 1929 he was named a Baron by King Albert, and was the subject of the Belgian composer Flor Alpaerts's James Ensor Suite; and in 1933 he was awarded the band of the Légion d'honneur. Even in the first decade of the 20th century, however, his production of new works was diminishing, and he increasingly concentrated on music—although he had no musical training, he was a gifted improviser on the harmonium, and spent much time performing for visitors.[6] Against the advice of friends, he remained in Ostend during World War II despite the risk of bombardment. In his old age he was an honored figure among Belgians, and his daily walk made him a familiar sight in Ostend. He died there after a short illness, on 19 November 1949.
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    Manchester Regiment Flash

    Thanks Tony...I will be buying that.
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    Manchester Regiment Flash

    Thank you Odulf. Not sure on the date of the Picture. Due to his rank and date of death I would assume it would be between mid 1916 and late 1917.
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    WW1 British pair

    This is my Great Grandfather Sgt. Harold Hetherington Williams. 2nd Manchester Regimant. Can anyone give me info. On the three stripes above the Sergeant stripes and what they were doing when he was killed on 5th December 1917. I would greatly appreciate it Kindly strapper
  5. This is my Great Grandfather Sgt. Harold Hetherington Williams. 2nd Manchester Regimant. Can anyone give me info. On the three stripes above the Sergeant stripes and what they were doing when he was killed on 5th December 1917. I would greatly appreciate it Kindly strapper
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    The Manchester Pals Battalions

    My great Grandfathers print works at Withygrove Manchester signed up and had heavy casualties if one looks at the Print Works Brass roll of Honour plaque. Serjeant Harold Hetherington Williams, wounded, died at a dressing station that was under such pressure with the mounting casualties that the bodies were discarded. He has no known grave. A typesetter by trade, as was his son (my grandfather) as was I. Remembered on a monument in France to the missing. His wife and baby son were left to make a living with no support, his wife died 10 years later from a broken heart (exhaustion). The stories of the WW1 battalions are still very personal, 100 years on.
  7. I wonder how one would go about telling the difference between the real thing and the hundreds of badges made for the movie. I have seen too many of these 5 Commando badges for sale to feel comfortable. I still see props from Zulu Dawn coming up for sale, so with the movie badges being nearly 37 years old,one wonders how many out there are props. With Col Mike on set, they must have got the uniforms pretty on the button.
  8. Sometimes memories are more valuable than land....I like that Yossi, there are a few country's that should take note of your idea there!
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    Battle of Britain Comm. Sword

    Standing at the war museum in Johannesburg a few years back, under the South African War (boer war) memorial, I heard this engine noise I had previously only heard described to me, and a Spitfire flew over, D-Day markings, totally un announced and out of the blue...literally. Those Merlin RR engines are beautiful to hear...and so distinctive. Loved it!
  10. Well spotted spasm, his last painting I saw in December was a WW2 North African bayonet charge at Night,, think he wanted a few hundred rand for it:-( he never knew what to charge ( exscuse the pun....charge..bayonet....) Cheers D.
  11. Denys Biden lost his right arm in North Africa in an incident that killed the rest of his platoon. He, unlike some loved to talk about his exploits over a few whisky's. Taught himself to paint with his left hand, he was a regular at art exhibitions in the Eastern Cape. Victim of a failed attempt to replace a pacemaker, Denys passed away aged 93, sound of mind and body till the end. Why doctors carry out procedures on people of that age that are not in a life threatening situation I will never know. We have so few WW2 left....go in peace Mr Biden.
  12. Awesome...truly deserve to make some good money from your work. Someone should do an article on your work to showcase it. Kind Regards D.
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    Médaille d'honneur de l'aéronautique

    My first French Medal...and I think it's great!
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    10 Myths of WWI

    Well..I think that article stirred up some spirited responses...so god bless the little thing, good or bad. :-)