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  1. Rogi

    Spitfire is a Mk XI, Blyth actually says what Mk the Spitfire they had was at 5 min 52 seconds into the film.

    Would like to see your model of it too (used to make these as a kid [Airfix] Loooved that glue then :love::love::speechless1::shame: )


  2. The Artillery Redoubts - shown 1 to 6 were already in position to control the Russians. I am not sure if they were Royal Artillery - or, if the Royal Horse Artillery were in them ?

    The redoubts were manned by the Turks, 600 with 3 12pdr naval guns in No. 1 Redoubt, 300 with 2 12pdr in No's 2,3 & 4 Redoubts, all with a R.A. NCO in charge of each. No 5 & 6 Redoubts were unfinished and so not manned.

    I troop Horse Artillery were placed between No's 2 & 3 Redoubt.


  3. Hi Donald

    Diamond shape patch (2 inches x 2 inches) light colour over dark - only 2 come to mind 20th Battalion of the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade (White over Olive Green) or 24th Battalion Australian Infantry Brigade (White over Red). Both Battalions took part in the Gallipoli Campaign.

    Others I've seen have a dark colour at the top, but as this isn't my area others maybe able to help further.



  4. Hi Mike

    Have you looked at Osprey Publishing, they have published a book - British Rifleman 1797-1815 Paperback; April 2002; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781841761770.

    They are usually full of colour drawings, photos and descriptions. Its 64 pages, but their drawings are usually pretty accurate.

    You can find this book here http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/British-Rifleman-1797%E2%80%931815_9781841761770


  5. Hi Bluehawk

    Just asking to be sure I understand that the BADGE itself had to be given up?

    Yes, the Badge and the Certificate that went with it had to be returned, either to the employer, or to the Ministry of Munitions.

    Badges had to be surrendered immediately if the man’s employment within any company changed to a non war-essential category, and the wearing of unathorised (i.e. not officially issued) badges became an offence under the Munitions of War Act. Supplying, selling, buying, pawning or accepting badges in pawn all became offences, and the Police were given power of arrest without warrant if they suspected that an offence may have been committed.

    Penalties under the Act were harsh; for non-serious cases (cases of a “minor character”) the Courts could sentence the offender up to 6 months imprisonment with or without hard labour, or up to a £100 fine, or both. Serious offences were to be sent for jury trial or Court Martial and the sentences available became penal servitude for life, or, “if the offence was committed with the intention of assisting the enemy the death penalty may be inflicted. The court may order the forfeiture of the offending badges etc.”


  6. Hi

    Need some opinions on this that I picked up this weekend. Think this is a replica/repro !!!





    7 o'clock on edge


    1 o'clock on edge


    The reverse shows signs of the mold having dust or something in it when the casting was made, and where the L.O.Mattei would be, there are faint traces. The medal is approx 35 mm in diameter and weighs 20.5 grams. No ribbon was with the medal.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

  7. There was a list of the Protected Occupations in The Times, November 1915, and that the list was last updated on 1/2/1918, by then the list had grown to include hundreds of occupations. Some of the occupations were:- "Forceps Spring Maker (Surgical & Dental)", "Vice Forgers Assistant (misc metal trades)", "Bell Maker (Bugle & trumpet making)".

    I have read on Tom Tulloch-Marshall's site http://www.btinternet.com/~prosearch/OWS.html that the YCMA was issued 25,000 badges under the classification of 'SF' - "Manufacturer not otherwise classified; Food"

    I know that during WWI if a 'Badged' man received his call-up papers, he had to inform his employer immediately, whereupon they would fill out a form with the mans details and badge number, which would then be sent to the Recruitment Officer who would then strike the man from the call-up list.

    During WWII there were similar badges but I don't think they were as widespread as during WWI.


  8. Hi Mervyn

    I've been slowly collecting these badges for a while now and can give you the following brief explanation of them. These were for men in reserved occupations that was vital for the war effort.

    "On War Service 1914” – Admiralty issue, unnumbered until beginning of 1916, from then on it was numbered. Approximately 500,000 unnumbered badges issued, of which only about 150,000 were recalled. These were brass and enamel and were issued by the Admiralty. Because other firms had begun to issue their own versions the government decided to step in and regulate the issue of these badges and who and what trades were eligible.


    “1915” War Office (Ministry of Munitions) issue. 1st issue – Brass with enamelled finish. 2nd issue – Brass, which became known as the Economy Brass version.

    Because of the need for resourses for the War Effort it was decided to redesign the OWS to be more economical, so the redesigned 2nd issue1915 OWS became just a brass badge exactly the same as the 1st issue.


    “1916” WO (MoM) issue. Brass (for female workers only).

    The 1916 OWS, was Triangular, this was issued only to the women who worked in the munitions factories.


    From 1915 onwards, only the 1915 2nd issue brass OWS was issued to men working on war service in the reserve occupations, there were regulations on who were eligible, and when they had to give them up, for example, if they moved from a reserved occupation (not eligible for call-up by the forces) to a non-reserved occupation where they were eligible for call.

    The letters stamped on the back are a reference (I think!) to the reserved occupation trade.

    These badges were manufactured by Mappin & Webb as well as J.R. Gaunt & sons and a few other makers.


  9. Hi Lambert

    I have been collecting the various UK Peace Celebration medals of 1919 for a time now, there were over 200 towns an boroughs that issued them in Britain in a variety of metals; bronze, brass, copper, aluminium, pewter and white metal, with some being in silver. There are also other commonwealth versions like the one you show for Calcutta, Vancouver and Australia, just to name a few. I've not started on the commonwealth medals, or the table medal versions that exist as yet, but given time.

    As you say, it does make an interesting collection.


  10. From studying both photo's side by side, the one with the cannon balls on the road was taken first. There are four area's I have circled in red where cannon balls are missing in the second photo, but appear in the first when balls are on the road. I have also circled in green a missing rock in second picture. (and that's just in the foreground)

    If the second photo had been taken first, then all those that I have marked would still be there in the first photo.

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